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Fall Harvest Eats

Happy Fall Season to everyone in the Arthritis community! This is one of my favorite times of the year as we anticipate and prepare for the festivities of the upcoming holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. Most of us may generally feel overwhelmed as we go through the seasonal changes that come with colder weather and our bodies are experiencing more pain than usual. Then there are emotional and physical stress that comes with entertaining, shopping, and possibly cooking for holiday events with family, friends, and office parties with business associates along with co-workers.

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Thu, 12/22/2016 - 11:35pm

A Summer Gal ’s Fall Transition

As a self-proclaimed summer gal, it’s always difficult to watch the daylight dim a little faster and feel the crispness in the air more frequently. When summer leaves, dragging along a jacket is required, not suggested, while long strolls with the dogs become quick, swift steps to let them “do their thing” as fast as possible. Even though summer must turn to fall, there’s still a little magic that comes with the new season. Since it’s coming no matter what, you might as well have fun and enjoy it.

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Thu, 12/22/2016 - 11:18pm

A Day

“The act of creating can be a great form for meditation and a vehicle to process and communicate the complicated emotions of chronic illness. The support, education, and true friendship I have received from the AI community is immeasurable.”

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Mon, 12/12/2016 - 1:32am


“I use art to express myself and as my stress relief - visually representing the pain, happiness, fear of my moment. It allows me to escape if I need or to portray experiences that I might not otherwise be able to express. In short, it is my sanity.”

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Mon, 12/12/2016 - 1:19am


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

“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

Strength Tree Mandala

 “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 Hawkins


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