Buttons, Zippers, RA and a Cocktail Dress

The annual ARThritis Soiree was only a couple weeks away and I needed a new dress for the occasion. The ARThritis Soiree is an elegant inspirational evening hosted by Arthritis Research Canada that combines different forms of art in conjunction with supporting arthritis research and raising awareness of the many types of inflammatory arthritis thousands... Continue Reading →

Springing to Life

Spring has finally arrived on the west coast - cherry blossoms line the streets with their pink canopies, bright green shoots are pushing their way through the rich soil, it’s an awakening for the earth and my body. The damp chill winter was an orbiting repetition of flares and fatigue, and it was only when... Continue Reading →

RA Matters: At Work and in Life

The last several months of 2018 were quite eventful for me. I traveled, worked, prepared auditions for upcoming shows, and spent three months on an application for an exclusive Writer’s Studio Program at a local university. In November I received amazing news: I got cast into a new show, and I got accepted to the... Continue Reading →

RA Blog Week: Transforming Lives

If I had to have rheumatoid arthritis, I chose a good time to have it. Today we have more choices for treatments, education on management, advocacy, community, inspiration and medical teams that help us live the best life we can. I am fortunate to be part of a patient advisory group with Arthritis Research Canada.... Continue Reading →

Stepping Stones

I have always moved. I danced, I hiked, I jogged, and I walked. I was enthralled with the muscular flexibility of my body. I reveled in my aptitude and strength. I found music in the way I moved. RA changed all of that, switching my rhythm to an unwanted cadence. The graceful unfettered flow of... Continue Reading →

The Twisting Kaleidoscope

As a child, I was fascinated with the changing colors and ornate designs I discovered in the cylindrical tube of a kaleidoscope. It was a fascinating trinket brimming with effervescent colors that sparked my imagination. With one simple rotation, I had the power to blend radiant hues forming unique and vivid patterns. I got a... Continue Reading →

Changing a Familiar Story

It all began one soggy morning, not long after the leaves began to turn. My eyes were caked in sleep dust; I was feverish and thick with swelling. I felt like someone had anesthetized me during sleep. My movements were stiff, like I was slogging through mud, and my bloated joints resembled marshmallow puffs. It... Continue Reading →

The “APP”iness Dance

Five years ago on one frosty morning, I was introduced to a sudden onset of joint stiffness, swelling and fatigue. I mistook it for the flu and waited six weeks before going to see my family physician. He took note of my symptoms and did a quick exam of my joints. It took him less... Continue Reading →

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