The goal of Arthritis Introspective is to improve the lives of adults living with arthritis and rheumatic diseases through wellness education, empowerment, and support groups.

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Imprints by Erin Murphy


The experiences we enjoy when we gather together leave imprints on our hearts.

The adventures we engage in Bring us closer to one another and leave us with that “Feel good” sensation.

These meetings we attend can find us nervous, scared And shy at first.However...soon we exchange a smile with the person next to us.Before we know it we’ve made several new friends...the next day ...the next conference...the following year...

Sharing common ground with a complete stranger Can make you laugh (it can also put tears in your eyes.)

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Mon, 12/12/2016 - 1:07am
Erin Murphy

Creative Gardening for the Soul by Carolyn Kosanouvong -Walker

“I enjoy gardening, but with the severity of joint deformities on my hands and fingers due to damages caused by Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, it’s hard to plant flowers or vegetables directly in the dirt in my backyard. Air plant gardening helps me take my mind off of pain so that I can focus my attention to decorating them in a terrarium or create container to store them. I love watching them grow and thrive into living art pieces!”

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Mon, 12/12/2016 - 12:46am
Carolyn Kosanou...

Creaky Bridge and the Garden by Loraine Alkire


The creaky and swollen frame of a bridge that I have to cross- each day, each day


Began to ask, “Why do you even bother? It takes you all day to cross me. Sometimes when you get to the other side, where the garden is, it’s raining and the sky is so black you can’t see… Anything, anything at all.”

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Wed, 11/30/2016 - 4:56am
Loraine Alkire

Strength Tree Mandala by Wendy Hawkins

 “This Strength Tree mandala was inspired by the thought that we are super strong at our core (our trunk) despite our physical & emotional pain, loss of mobility and body changes (the gnarled roots and twisted branches). My arthritis friends are the strongest people I know. Creative self-expression helps me soothe the aching parts of my soul. Creating mandalas and other art gives me the power to share deep meaning with others and hopefully, resonate with their own heart and soul.”


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Wed, 11/30/2016 - 4:33am
Wendy & Samantha

Coping and Thriving with Rheumatic Conditions (Part Six): Traveling with Rheumatic Conditions

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We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us. ~Anonymous

Traveling enriches us, as we experience things that are different and new. It can also be tiring and challenging, especially when traveling with a rheumatic condition. But it doesn’t have to be impossible—all it takes is planning. Below are strategies to help make traveling easier with a rheumatic disease.

Step 1: Get Ready to Travel

Make an appointment with your doctor 4-6 weeks before your trip. At this visit, you should:

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Tue, 08/02/2016 - 5:07pm
Sri Ramakumar

Healthy Eating While On the Road

Happy summer my fellow warriors! Can you believe that 2016 is going by so quickly and we are already in the summer season! Summer means warmth (sometimes too warm) and comfort for our achy bodies and painful joints, especially after the cold and chilly winter that we have experienced particularly for those living on the East coast.

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Tue, 08/02/2016 - 4:20pm
Carolyn Kosanou...

Spotlight on Wendy Hawkins

I had the pleasure of interviewing someone who is active in social media and very well known in our circle of people, Wendy Hawkins. Wendy was 18 months old when she was diagnosed but before that, her parents knew something was not quite right. Wendy was born in Pittsburgh which explains how she became a Steelers Fan. She then briefly lived in Baltimore, then San Francisco and finally her family settled in Phoenix. Wendy started volunteering for the Arthritis Foundation in 1993 and met Kevin, our founder, in 1995 at an AJAO conference in Kansas.

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Tue, 08/02/2016 - 4:06pm
Nomi Harris-Stanton

No Gumby

Some people have a passport plastered with more stamps than a post office holds. Personally, I never even owned a passport until it was decided that my husband and I would head Down Under. His dream of visiting the outback could no longer be contained, so we set the date, planned the trip, and before we knew it, it was time to travel. Now, since my husband had served in the Air Force, he had been outside the States several times and had a good idea how to pack light and be prepared for any unplanned circumstances.

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Tue, 08/02/2016 - 4:03pm


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