Get Moving! Keeping your RA at Bay

Get Moving! Keeping your RA at Bay

My kids recently got Just Dance Kids for the Wii, and they’ve been dancing up a storm!  …Okay, you got me.  I’ve been cutting the rug right along with them.  And guess what?  It feels great! I’ve been a lot more limber and less stiff, and what’s changed?  I’m moving my arms, legs, shoulders, elbows…everything’s loosening up! So my challenge to you is to Get Up and Move! I know, I know.  When your joints are stiff, your whole body aches, and every step is painful the last thing you want to do is exercise.  I’ve felt that.  Often.  But I’ve also learned that it helps to get moving. Try to exercise at least a little bit every day.  Some days it may be all you can to stretch.  So stretch!  Then challenge yourself, and strike a...

Good Thoughts, Bad Thoughts and RA

Good Thoughts, Bad Thoughts and RA

What kinds of thoughts do we allow ourselves to think? When I hear of friends and acquaintances beating their RA, not just treating it, I feel happy, but I also struggle with frustration and even anger that more in the medical field won’t look into diet, exercise, and healthy living as it relates to Rheumatoid Arthritis. Getting Excited Telling People about Healthy Living Ever since we started looking into healthy living as not just a treatment, but a way to possibly put my wife’s RA into remission, I’ve found myself getting excited about sharing what we’ve learned about healthy eating. We’ve modified our diet to be waaaay more healthy, and we believe it’s helped, and I’ll get animated as I share what we’ve...

Judge Not – a Lesson Discovered from Rheumatoid Arthritis

Judge Not – a Lesson Discovered from Rheumatoid Arthritis

A while back, I sat in a church meeting. It was a meeting to discuss the needs of members in our area. We discussed the needs of a family whose wife had a disease I wasn’t familiar with. The family faced more challenges at the time than just the effects of the disease to complicate matters. People in our church leadership aren’t paid. It’s all time donated to help one another, and I saw the time that would be required by some of these leaders to help this family would be considerable and extend over a long period of time. I hate to admit, but I had trouble understanding… New to the area, I didn’t know the family well, and I certainly didn’t know what the disease the wife faced, but it seemed weird…the things she could and...

Everyone has Struggles

Everyone has trials and struggles. You may not know what they are or be able to tell they are struggling, but we all have them. God will not give us more than we can handle.  If life’s not hard, then we’re not growing. Learn to be happy with your situation despite your trials.  Don’t wait until the trial is over to be happy.  That makes for a long, miserable life. A positive attitude will take you a long way. There is still a lot that I can do.

I Will Overcome RA!

I’m letting you all know now:  I Will Overcome Rheumatoid Arthritis! Simply controlling the RA is no longer good enough for me.  I’m going to beat it. I’ve learned so much in my process to become medication-free that now I will be satisfied with nothing less than healing.  When I was first diagnosed with this chronic illness, I was told it would be with me for the rest of my life.  I didn’t know my options then, and although I was grateful for medical advances that could help control my RA, I was discouraged to think I would have to be on medication for the rest of my life. I  wasn’t aware of any other options, and I didn’t know where to find them.  Now I’ve read several books, discovered helpful websites, and...