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Get Moving! Keeping your RA at Bay

Posted by on Jan 20, 2012 in Life Lessons | Comments Off on 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....

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Good Thoughts, Bad Thoughts and RA

Posted by on Jan 17, 2012 in Spouse's Corner | Comments Off on 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...

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Judge Not – a Lesson Discovered from Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posted by on Jan 11, 2012 in Spouse's Corner | Comments Off on 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...

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Everyone has Struggles

Posted by on Nov 22, 2011 in About RA, Life Lessons | Comments Off on 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...

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I Will Overcome RA!

Posted by on Jul 8, 2011 in About RA, Life Lessons | 2 comments

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...

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Living Happy even with RA

Posted by on Oct 14, 2010 in Life Lessons | Comments Off on Living Happy even with RA

It’s encouraging to meet other people who have Rheumatoid Arthritis.  First of all, it’s refreshing to talk with someone who knows what I’m experiencing.  Second, there is so much we can learn from one another! Yesterday I spoke with someone who was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis 7 years ago.  We talked about many things–diet, medications, doctors, fatigue. . . But here’s my ray of hope I walked away with: She said the first 2 years were the hardest.  It took her that long just to get used to having RA....

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Doctor Appointment: Who’s Giving Who the Advice?

Posted by on Oct 6, 2010 in Life Lessons | Comments Off on Doctor Appointment: Who’s Giving Who the Advice?

I had an appointment with my rheumatologist last week.  She was surprised and pleased at how much my RA has improved over the past several (spring and summer) months.  Enbrel is the only medication I am using at the present.  It feels wonderful to finally be improving. I explained to my doctor about the Elimination Diet I’ve been trying.  She encouraged me but didn’t really have any advice to give. Lately I’ve been researching how the pH level in your body can affect diseases such as cancer and arthritis.  Apparently, diseases thrive in an...

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Preparing for the Elimination Diet

Posted by on Sep 24, 2010 in Featured, Recipes & Food | Comments Off on Preparing for the Elimination Diet

Preparing for the Elimination Diet

Way back when I was first learning about Rheumatoid Arthritis, I heard a little about the Elimination Diet. “Wow that sounds hard,” I thought.  “I wonder how much diet even helps.” I thought about it a little along the way, but I never really noticed one food that triggered inflammation. Then I started avoiding red meat because I know that red meat naturally causes inflammation in the body.  That was a start. A short time ago my sister-in-law told me about her friend who had tremendous success controlling her RA with...

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Could Your Rheumatoid Arthritis be Misdiagnosed?

Posted by on Sep 1, 2010 in About RA | 2 comments

I was blog-reading last night when I stumbled upon a most interesting article at www.LivingRheum.com. This poor woman was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis only to discover 9 YEARS LATER that she was misdiagnosed! She really had Lyme Disease the entire time!  What?! Her Lyme Disease is now being treated with antibiotics, and slowly, life is getting back to normal. How Often is RA Misdiagnosed? So that got me thinking, how often does this happen? Well, one thing’s for sure, Jo-Ann wasn’t the first, and she won’t be the...

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The power of Antioxidants – Learning about the Elimination Diet

Posted by on Aug 27, 2010 in Spouse's Corner | Comments Off on The power of Antioxidants – Learning about the Elimination Diet

I thought I’d post this infographic I found. It’s so interesting to start learning about the diet that my wife is on. It’s amazing to research about the benefit of REAL food and helping the body become less acidic. Via: Term Life Insurance Blog  

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