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Getting Back to Gardening

Getting Back to Gardening

By Dina Pittman, a gardening enthusiast with OA who describes herself as “too stubborn to give in when pain persists,” on her website, www.disabledgardener.com Ten years ago, when I was finally able to purchase my dream property and expand my gardening space from a typical suburban plot to a 1.5-acre wooded lot, I thought my greatest challenge would be gardening in the shade. But it turned out to be chronic pain! I dreamed of flowing beautiful shade gardens among the oak trees. There’d be an herb garden and roses, and I’d find a way to carve out enough sun for long rows ...more
Today is the Day – Join the Walk to Cure Arthritis!

Today is the Day – Join the Walk to Cure Arthritis!

Over the past year, the pandemic has created countless challenges for everyone. The arthritis community, in particular, has experienced enormous obstacles — from the physical to the emotional, be it limitations to accessible treatments or the increased anxiety and depression spurred by stress, the toll has been unprecedented for the 54 million Americans including 300,000 children living with arthritis. But unique times also create unique opportunities. Now, more than ever, the impact of your support and participation in the Arthritis Foundation’s hallmark annual event — the Walk to Cure Arthritis — can have life-changing results. By joining the 2021 Walk to ...more
In a fog with your arthritis

In a fog with your arthritis

By Julie Eller, Co-host of the Live Yes! With Arthritis Podcast   Inflammation can wreak havoc on your body and mind. While we think of arthritis mostly affecting our joints, inflammatory arthritis can entail many other symptoms. I have been living with my arthritis for nearly two decades, and right now, my arthritis pain is under control. But one symptom of my disease is ever-present in my life, and frankly, it is the symptom that I find most frustrating: brain fog.    Many patients living with arthritis and other chronic illnesses report experiencing brain fog. Brain fog is an illustrative way to describe the phenomenon many people face when their ...more
New: Virtual Veterans Live Yes! Connect Group

New: Virtual Veterans Live Yes! Connect Group

“If I can make one person feel better about themselves, I will consider this group a success.” —Steve Smith, Arthritis Foundation volunteer Arthritis affects 1 in 3 veterans and military service members in the United States. If you’re among them, you can connect with other veterans with arthritis in a newly formed virtual support group. Meet veterans from across the country during the virtual meet and greet on April 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Service members and veterans of our armed forces are hit especially hard by the physical demands of military training and deployment, increasing the risk of osteoarthritis in service members. Not only is arthritis significantly more pervasive in the military (1 in 3) as compared to the ...more
March 2021 Arthritis News Roundup

March 2021 Arthritis News Roundup

March has been a busy month for arthritis-related news and COVID updates that affect people with arthritis. Here’s a wrap-up of the headlines from this past month. ACR Updates COVID Vaccine Clinical Guidance Updated COVID vaccine guidelines for patients with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases were recently released by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR). These new guidelines address best practices for both adult and pediatric patients. Links: Updated ACR Adult Guidelines Updated ACR Pediatric Guidelines Safety of mRNA Vaccines in Patients With Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases Johns Hopkins University, with support from the Arthritis Foundation, has released initial findings on a new study about vaccine safety in patients with rheumatic and ...more
Mindful Eating & Weight Loss

Mindful Eating & Weight Loss

By Rebecca Gillett, Live Yes! With Arthritis Podcast Co-host We have talked a lot on the podcast about what’s healthy to eat or not to eat when you have arthritis. But let’s get to a topic that all of us with arthritis have heard about at some point and have reacted with a hearty, exhausted sigh. “Losing weight can help alleviate your joint pain.” I know, I know. Easier said than done. Guilty as charged for being someone who admittedly loves to eat delicious things and have an occasional glass of fine, red wine. Now throw in a pandemic and being ...more
Taking Control of My Arthritis Through Advocacy

Taking Control of My Arthritis Through Advocacy

By Julie Eller, Co-host of the Live Yes! With Arthritis Podcast On my very first day at the Arthritis Foundation, my new team told me they leave the office every day knowing the work they do genuinely changes lives. I joined the Foundation fresh out of my undergraduate education as an intern on the advocacy team in Washington, DC. At the time, I thought I would spend 10 weeks deepening my understanding of public health and policy at an organization that was near and dear to my heart. Little did I know that my experience advocating for arthritis that summer would ...more
February 2021 Arthritis News Roundup

February 2021 Arthritis News Roundup

The Arthritis Foundation is your trusted source for information. Here’s a wrap-up of the arthritis-related headlines from this past month. CDC Urges Double Masking Federal health officials suggested wearing two masks to better protect Americans against the threat of more contagious variants of the coronavirus. Wearing a cloth mask over a disposable surgical mask or improving the fit of a single surgical mask could help. Read more masking tips. COVID-19 May Prompt Body to Attack Itself An international team of researchers has said it appears COVID-19 causes the body to make weapons to attack its own tissues. The finding could unlock a number of clinical mysteries. Learn ...more
JA Mom Urges Families to Join a JA Connect Group

JA Mom Urges Families to Join a JA Connect Group

Submitted by Leanna Precup My name is Leanna Precup. I am a third-generation psoriatic arthritis (PsA) patient and the mother of an incredible young lady who also has PsA. I live in the Chicago suburbs and am a “medically retired” ER/critical care nurse with specialty areas of trauma and forensics. I have always been one to think on my feet and change course as the tide rolls in. Since being unable to work fulltime, I have focused on what I can do to continue to make a difference. We are part of a rescue group that fosters dogs left in kill shelters. ...more
COVID-19: One Year Later

COVID-19: One Year Later

By Julie Eller, Co-host of the Live Yes! With Arthritis Podcast Rebecca Gillett and I just recorded a new episode for the Live Yes! With Arthritis podcast – reflecting on all the time that has passed and all the new things we now know about COVID-19 and arthritis. It is wild to think about how much has changed in a year. Just 12 months ago, I was someone who relaxed on the weekends by eating lunch in a bustling restaurant with loud friends, recapping a busy work week where I bounced from meeting to meeting all over Washington, DC – perhaps even ...more