Our Selection Of The Top 2016 Arthritis Blogs
2016 is here and we thought it would be a great time to examine the best Arthritis blogs to enjoy for the New Year! Check out our top selections (in no particular order). If you feel that there is a blog that we missed, simply comment at the bottom of the page- we will review reader suggestions and add more blogs to this list on a rolling basis.
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1. Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior
The Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior blog is Kelly Young’s blog. Her motto is “encouragement and information to fight RA” and she certainly delivers on that promise. With frequent posts ranging from gift ideas for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers to reviews of recent medical research, this rheumatoid arthritis blog is a fantastic resource that provides insightful as well as humorous takes on this painful condition. Check out her exceptional RA map page if you are newly diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis – it is a comprehensive resource that is an invaluable contribution to the online community of arthritis sufferers.
2. ∞ itis
The ∞ itis blog (the infinity symbol represents the inflammation of arthritis) is described as a place where “patients could learn about RA and related issues [and is] a cross between informational website and personal blog.” The blogger who goes under the moniker of WarmSocks is a guitar and violin player whose family has a range of farm animals including alpacas, horses, and horses. Check out their recent post from December 19 about the relationship between rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis. The writer delves into the technicalities of osteoporosis testing, including a primer on T and Z score statistics that help illuminate bone mineral density calculations. This is a well-designed blog that features a tremendous amount of high-quality content. It is definitely a resource to remain aware of in the new year.
3. All Flared Up
All Flared Up is a blog run by 34-year-old rheumatoid arthritis sufferer Amanda. With a strong focus on enjoying life and remaining active, Amanda’s blog is both inspirational and highly informative. Check out her recent post concerning the relationship between rheumatoid arthritis and dental issues. With a renewed focus in 2016 on self-acceptance, this is a blog that you will definitely want to bookmark for reading in 2016.
Angela Lundburg’s blog Inflamed: Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis is a highly personal chronicle of her life with rheumatoid arthritis. The Minneapolis native began her blog in 2007 and since then has shared many of her personal experiences as well as medical insights into the condition. Since 2013 she has also been writing professionally for rheumatoidarthritis.net. One interesting feature of her blog that particularly stands out is Angela’s running tally of the medications she is taking for her arthritis. Check out her November post that highlights her participation in the arthritis foundation’s Jingle Bell Run\Walk.
Wren is the blogger behind RheumaBlog. She has suffered from rheumatoid arthritis for nearly 28 years. She is also a talented artist and she frequently infuses her blog posts with attractive pictures, some of which are her own creations. As well as demonstrating a flair for design, Wren frequently contributes medically informative posts like her May 2015 examination of bone health. Head over to her blog and subscribe to her email list to keep up-to-date on her progress in 2016.
6. Carla’s Corner
Carla Kienast’s blog Carla’s Corner describes the “day by day with RA…” This is an especially appropriate slogan because Carla frequently focuses on some of the more practical considerations of living with arthritis. For instance, her most recent blog post discusses the challenges of leaving the workforce and dealing with health insurance issues. Any arthritis sufferer will likely sympathize with the challenges that Carla describes. She is an especially consistent blogger that produces high-quality posts rich with actionable information derived from her fight against this painful condition. Carla’s Corner is definitely a blog to keep track of in 2016- sign up to her email list to stay up-to-date on her progress this new year.
7. A Figment of Fitness
A Figment of Fitness blogger is a “40-something” mother of two who holds an MBA and works as an Oracle database administrator. She is also a rheumatoid arthritis suffer. Her focus is on helping her readers “get more healthy or to at least stay as healthy” as she is. She is a advocate for remaining fit and to that end participates in various races. Check out her December 21 post that colorfully describes her participation in Ohio’s Santa Hustle race. The new year promises big things from this fitness-oriented blog- it’s definitely worth keeping apprised of her comings and goings in 2016.
8. An Attitude of Gratitude
Julie Faulds is the blogger over at An Attitude of Gratitude. She is a Louisville mother of three who deals with the daily challenges of living with rheumatoid arthritis as well as fibromyalgia. The new year has brought about a renewed focus on blogging for Julie. Head over to her site to see what’s in store for Julie in 2016.
9. From This Point. Forward
Mariah Leah blogs at From This Point. Forward. She writes about the travails of her rheumatoid arthritis since diagnosis in the spring of 2008, when she was a 25 year old in law school. She is a vocal RA advocate – take a look at her December posts (here, here and here) on the frustrating challenges of insurance and medical billing. As well, her family is a volunteer with the arthritis foundation and has raised over $30,000 for arthritis research since 2010. The From This Point. Forward. blog is attractively designed and makes for intuitive navigation. She is also very active on Twitter, so head on over to her blog and check out what she is up to in 2016.
10. Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Andrew is the blogger at Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis. He is a college professor as well as a former science teacher who resides in the Pacific Northwest. Andrew’s blog is distinguished by its scientific focus which is aptly summarized by the site’s slogan: “a patient’s musings about RA from a scientific frame of reference“. Don’t be dissuaded by his impressive credentials- Andrew writes in a highly accessible style. Check out his September 27 post that takes inventory of his medicinal history. Andrew’s scientific background grants him additional insight into the medicines commonly used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. This contribution to the arthritis community is invaluable. Check out his recent December post to see what he has been up to.
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