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J.G. Chayko

I am a writer living on the beautiful West Coast in Vancouver B.C. I am a poet at heart but also write prose, fiction and creative non-fiction. In my thirties, while working for a Rheumatology clinic, I was diagnosed with early Rheumatoid Arthritis. I created " The Old Lady In My Bones" to share my experience living with this disease and to create an awareness that arthritis touches people of all ages, not just the elderly.
J.G. Chayko has written 188 posts for The Old Lady in my Bones

Fissures of Light

Autumn is one of my favorite seasons. I love the blushing colors of the trees as they prepare for the oncoming winter, the cool mornings glittered with frost, the brilliant blue skies on clear days and the eerie mists that float low over the ground shrouding the night in mystery. It’s the time of All … Continue reading

Diamonds in the Granite

A long dry summer finally succumbed to the cold wet chill of October. It was the first day in months where the skies brimmed with thunder, lightening and rain. A large clap boomed across the sky just before the torrent fell. I was swollen and stiff, the first intense flare to invade my body in … Continue reading

One More Dance

“My passions are who I am. They are written into my DNA. They are my sustenance and my lifeline, and no amount of growling from RA is going to stop me from pursuing them. I will always find a way to shape my creative life around chronic illness, whether it’s on the stage or on … Continue reading

Along for The Ride

Our partners play a significant role in our lives. They are our family, peers, best friends, lovers and sometimes even rivals. I have been fortunate to share my life with a host of remarkable friends, family and partners. Everyone who is a part of my life, past and present, has contributed something valuable and given … Continue reading

Tips and Tricks: Days Like This

Rheumatoid disease is unique to each of us. Managing symptoms from day-to-day can be challenging, but we are fortunate to access a community of shared advice, and we can adopt suggestions from others and mould them into our own strategy. There are many ways I manage – hot bubble baths and rest, massage therapy and … Continue reading

Finding The Hummingbird in My Bear

Mental and physical health go hand in hand. Together they equalise the scale that balances our life. Unexpected events can tip the scales pulling our welfare far beneath the fulcrum. Chronic illness is one of many weights that can break the chains supporting our own little world, and it is in these moments when we … Continue reading

RA Blog Week 2017

September is a bit of a mystery – it marks both the beginning and ending of cycles. The beginning of school, the beginning of another season, shorter days, longer nights, new colors, cooler mornings and the recurring cycle of back to work. It’s the end of summer vacation, dips in the lake, drinks on the … Continue reading

Art, Arthritis and Advocacy

The microphone was positioned a few inches from my mouth. The technician did a sound check. I looked up to the ceiling where a little, almost inconspicuous, light bulb hung in the corner of the room. The light would glow a warm red indicating when we would be “on air”. I had been on the … Continue reading

A Summer of Fire

The summer is always a short season on the West Coast. The salty ocean breeze keeps temperatures mild and long stretches of hot days are broken up with pockets of rain and lingering cloud that can arrive with little warning. I wait all year for the sunny skies that put RA into its annual hibernation. … Continue reading

Dancing with the Ripples

A cloudless blue sky looms over the tepid waters of the pool – a light breeze brushes the leaves, startling them into whispered conversation. The liquid glass surface shimmers beneath the sunlight, rippling gently against the pool’s edge. The days of summer stretch out ahead of me, sparkling like the ginger bubbles in a glass … Continue reading