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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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.
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.
Calling all creatives! Thrive Newsletter is calling all artists in the Arthritis Community to submit relevant, original, previously unpublished works of art, in the form of poetry, paintings, drawings, photography and sculpture or relative artwork that symbolically portrays our “community” voice of empowerment through building and growing together on this sometimes difficult journey of chronic illness via arthritis and related conditions.
As the weather begins to transition into summer and your joints welcome the warmer temperatures, the number of activities are going up like the mercury on the thermometer! The idea of socializing might sound amazing but the physical toll can be exhausting. Having a schedule, and sticking to it, may be exactly what you need to enjoy yourself for upcoming events.
“Step therapy,” sometimes referred to as “fail first,” is an important issue in many state legislatures because it can have significant and far-reaching consequences for people living with arthritis. Step therapy is a practice used by insurers that requires patients to try lower-cost medications before permitting more expensive treatments, even when the doctor wants to prescribe them.
Come together to fight arthritis! Arthritis Introspective invites everyone to rally your family, friends and coworkers to join their local Jingle Bell Run as part of Team Arthritis Introspective!
Deb C. has had RA since she was 13 years old. She graduated from Mount Mary College with a double major in Dietetics and Biology. She’s a Board Chair for the Leadership Board of the Upper Midwest Region for the Arthritis Foundation 2 years and Board Member for 3 years. Deb is an Advocacy Chair and an Advocacy Ambassador for the Arthritis Foundation. She volunteers with Creaky Joints, Global Health Living Foundation and is a Representative for IFAA (International Foundation for Autoimmune Arthritis.
Melissa Hafeli, a native of southeast Michigan, moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1995. She pursued her Master’s degree in Education at Vanderbilt University. She now is the Department’s Coordinator for Billing and Records for the Middle Tennessee region. Married in 2013 to the wonderful Manish Goradia, Melissa and Manish live in west Nashville. Melissa is looking forward to volunteering as the local chair for G9, and is excited to share her great city with everyone!