Sharing Arthritis Patient COVID-19 Experiences

By Rebecca Gillett, MS OTR/L – Live Yes! With Arthritis Podcast Co-Host 

It has been a really hard year. We have all dealt with increased stress and anxiety over the fear of the unknown when it comes to the pandemic and COVID-19. We have spent so much time washing hands, social distancing and wearing masks to keep from contracting and spreading COVID-19, learning a little more as we moved along the way. For those of us living with arthritis, the fear has been palpable and has surrounded every aspect of our daily lives.  Continue reading Sharing Arthritis Patient COVID-19 Experiences

The Core of Our Arthritis Community

More than 250 volunteers provide support and connections as forum moderators and support group facilitators.

Friends and family can lend a sympathetic ear and shoulder to lean on when you’re having a hard time. But there’s nothing like having someone to turn to who has faced the same kinds of challenges and really gets what you’re going through. That’s especially true when you’re dealing with chronic pain and the hardships that come with living with arthritis. Continue reading The Core of Our Arthritis Community

National Volunteer Week Spotlight:Community Leaders Bring Us Closer to a Cure

April 18 to 24 is National Volunteer Week, an opportunity to recognize the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to tackle society’s greatest challenges. Arthritis is a widespread and challenging disease that affects at least 54 million Americans, probably millions more. The reason the Arthritis Foundation exists is to conquer arthritis — offering solutions for today and hope for tomorrow. Volunteers lead our fight, so all week long we want to take a moment to recognize and salute all Arthritis Foundation volunteers for their generous commitment and hard work. Continue reading National Volunteer Week Spotlight:Community Leaders Bring Us Closer to a Cure

National Volunteer Week Spotlight: Community Leaders Bring Us Closer to a Cure

STEVE SMITH: Champion for JA Families

It’s National Volunteer Week, an opportunity to recognize the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to tackle society’s greatest challenges. Arthritis is a widespread and challenging disease that affects at least 54 million Americans, probably millions more. The reason the Arthritis Foundation exists is to conquer arthritis — offering solutions for today and hope for tomorrow. Volunteers lead our fight, so all week long we want to take a moment to recognize and salute all Arthritis Foundation volunteers for their generous commitment and hard work. Continue reading National Volunteer Week Spotlight: Community Leaders Bring Us Closer to a Cure

Tennis Star Caroline Wozniacki Talks About Her RA

Caroline Wozniacki tells her story, from being the number one world tennis champion to facing a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis.

I wanted to write this blog to tell you all a little bit about my rheumatoid arthritis journey so far. I was diagnosed in 2018 (which was a total shock to me), and I’ve learned so much about it and other chronic inflammatory diseases, such as axial spondyloarthritis, psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis, since then. Continue reading Tennis Star Caroline Wozniacki Talks About Her RA

Occupational Therapy Benefits for Arthritis

By Rebecca Gillett, MS OTR/L – Live Yes! With Arthritis Podcast Co-Host

If you have tuned into our podcast, you probably already know that occupational therapy (OT) changed my life in more ways than one. If you didn’t know, you definitely want to listen now to this latest episode on Occupational Therapy Benefits for Arthritis to hear why. Continue reading Occupational Therapy Benefits for Arthritis

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! Continue reading Getting Back to Gardening