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 yoga pose or two along with...

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...

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.  They were also the most painful.  Now she’s “living happy” — she’s found the right dosage of medication that works for her, she better understands her body, life is good. I just finished my first...

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 acidic environment (its fascinating information—more to come later).   I told my rheumatologist about my findings and asked for her thoughts and opinions. She told me there is not medical evidence to back this up.  She reads...