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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Well, you LOOK good

"Well, you LOOK good"......It is so interesting to me....If a person is in a major accident- they have bandages, visible wounds, crutches- hell, even a finger splint or an ACE bandage. It's obvious, right? I remember when the little gal next door bumped her toe but because her folks are great at adding a dramatic flair to their lives, the gal had crutches, an ACE bandage and a frickin' boot on that foot. She hadn't seen the doctor but based on all of the medical shows her family had seen, they knew exactly what to do.

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Sun, 11/02/2014 - 10:17pm
Nomi Harris-Stanton

You're Too Good

"You're Too Good".......So I was texting my bestie last night about my most recent doctor visit and there was a long pause in the texts and she says to me; "I know everything's going to be okay because you're too great to have anything happen to you".....Well, that made me think. Wouldn't it be outstanding if all of the bad people in the world- the ones who kill, hurt children and animals, abuse women/men, and commit heinous crimes could be the only ones blessed with incurable diseases?

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Sun, 11/02/2014 - 10:13pm
Nomi Harris-Stanton

Hang in There

"Hang In There"......There are lots of 3 word expressions in the English language, that make people smile, feel good or give comfort. For example, "I love you" readily comes to mind as the token 3 word phrase that most yearn to hear......Then there are words strung together that make us wince. Like "you need exercise" or for little children "time for bed" or "you need shots". Words can be powerful and evoke real honest to goodness emotions.....for me, the 3 words "hang in there" make me so angry I could spit.

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Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:13am
Nomi Harris-Stanton

Grief

I think a lot of folks associate the word "grief" with death/dying but I'm telling you right now- that's not the only time a person can grieve. When you're told the "news" that your tests have come back and you, yes YOU, have been blessed with some sort of fancy disease initially you feel peace because FINALLY you know why you have been feeling and experiencing the things you have been enduring. Then you get freaked.....what the hell does this mean? Then you get worried/emotional- it's a lot to grasp how this new curve ball is going to fit into your lifestyle.....Then you're PISSED.

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Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:10am
Nomi Harris-Stanton

Parenting With RA

Blogger: Nomi Harris - AI Support Group Leader Howard County, MA shares about parenting with RA Blog 3. I had a friend ask me recently, if I'm sick of folks asking me all the time "how ARE YOU?". I had to respond honestly and let her know that due to treatments and doctor appointments the only folks that really have the opportunity to ask me how I am are the children in my house. It's not that my friends don't care or forget about me- matter of fact, the opposite.

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Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:22am
Nomi Harris-Stanton

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