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Spotlight On: Melissa Hafeli

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!

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Sat, 02/13/2016 - 9:52pm
Nomi

Walk to Cure Arthritis

Arthritis Introspective (AI) is delighted to support the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk to Cure Arthritis this spring. We invite the extended AI family to register, fundraise and show our support for the arthritis community. The Arthritis Foundation is the Champion of Yes in the fight against arthritis and we are rallying together building teams, raising awareness and fundraising to move another step closer to finding a cure.

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Sat, 02/13/2016 - 9:06pm
Haydee

Asking for Help–Part Two

Since I underwent this revision surgery in January 2015, I have had two more joint replacement/revision surgeries. This past year my fiercely independent spirit was put to the test. I am extremely grateful for all of the help and support I have received. I am humbled and blessed that I have so many angels surrounding me. I know in my heart that if I only have the courage to ask for help in the future, my angels will once again fly by my side!

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Sat, 02/13/2016 - 8:29pm
Susan & Kevin

Coping and Thriving with Rheumatic Conditions (Part Five): The Pain Plan–Your Toolbox of Strategies

Self-care is never a selfish act–It’s simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on the earth to offer others.-Parker Palmer

Knowledge is power. Knowledge and education about rheumatic diseases can help combat the feelings of fear and uncertainty that often fuel denial. Developing a toolbox of strategies can help you feel empowered to deal with issues as they come up. This is known as your Pain Plan. You can then reach for your pain plan whenever the need arises.

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Sat, 02/13/2016 - 6:19pm
Sri Ramakumar

Heart Healthy Meal Recipes to Please Your Valentine

February is American Heart Month according to the American Heart Association. It is also Valentine's Day month! According to an article cited on WebMD, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. For the majority of us living with Rheumatoid Arthritis or other Rheumatic conditions, we are at greater risk of developing heart disease. Some medical experts believe the inflammation in RA may raise inflammation throughout the whole body, including the heart's coronary arteries.

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Thu, 02/11/2016 - 8:34pm
Carolyn

Cardiovascular Disease: What’s Love Got to Do with It?

Hello, out there all you autoimmune arthritis cousins. As you can see, our winter theme is all about the heart. Oh, that fabulous organ that pumps and pumps with precision, all on its own with nary a thought in our heads about it. But, bear with us here for a bit because it’s that time of year again when ‘hearts are thumping and you’ need to pay attention to them. It is American Heart Month.That’s right! And because many of us with inflammatory forms of arthritis are twice as likely to develop cardiovascular disease, than others, we are doing our best to bring this situation to light.

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Thu, 02/11/2016 - 7:14pm
Loraine Alkire

Love, Relationships and Rheumatic Conditions

As Valentine’s Day approaches, it seems like a good time to pause and take a moment to consider love in the time of rheumatic disease. It has been well documented that a stressor like chronic illness can put unique pressures on partners in a relationship. Relationships have been known to crumble under those pressures. But in those relationships that do hold strong, many partners find that facing a chronic illness together actually brings them closer. Furthermore, fulfilling relationships have been shown to be a protective factor, increasing well-being and reducing inflammation.

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Thu, 02/11/2016 - 6:11pm
Sri Ramakumar

Three Ways to Avoid Flare-ups during the Holidays

Holidays are a mixed bag for most folks—and I don’t mean gift bag. For those of us who live with chronic illness, holidays present some unique challenges, or “opportunities” if you prefer. Parties, out of town guests, foods we don’t eat the rest of the year. Dinners out, cooking, shopping that never ends. While these activities can be joyous, they can be stressful and exhausting—even for “normies” people who don’t have health challenges.

Here are some ways to stay intact during this busy time of year:

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Sat, 12/05/2015 - 1:04pm
Nan Coursey

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