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 →

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 Quiet Courage

I recently attended a fundraiser for an amazing organization called Dress for Success. It’s an inspirational group dedicated to helping women re-enter the work force by empowering them, building their confidence and giving them the tools to persevere in a changing world. The fundraiser included a fashion show (where a friend of mine rocked the... Continue Reading →

Advocacy – Living the Best Life I Can

The word “advocacy” has many definitions - according to the internet it’s defined as “public support of a cause, backing of, promotion of, championing of, argument for, push for” etc. This description doesn’t make advocacy sound very inspiring. It’s rather a dull definition of an advocacy life. It lacks the color of the genuine sincerity... Continue Reading →

The Seatbelt Sign is On

The turbulence of our lives is always undulating beneath the surface. Every couple of months my life speeds up like a plane racing along the runway towards take-off. Every year there’s a bout of family celebrations, holidays, weddings, work, rehearsals, performance, vacation and work deadlines. My busy times come in waves and, most of the... Continue Reading →

The Show Must Go On…

"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 →

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 →

Wanted: A Spring in my Step

St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone, and the only green thing I drank was tea and the only party that went on was RA. The dreary clouds outside my window did little to boost my spirits. Old Man Winter had laid down roots and extended an invitation to the north wind, transforming our lush... Continue Reading →

Aftershocks (Revisited)

I am in the midst of finishing off a writing deadline, working on a new post and beginning rehearsals for a new show, so I’d thought in the interim, I’d re-post this piece from last year. It seems an appropriate time to bring it back as things have been a little “shaky” in our part... Continue Reading →

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