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Is the term ‘patient’ counterproductive in advocacy? What to call ourselves?

CJ Blogger Lene Andersen says as long as we use the word ‘patient’ to describe ourselves, we will not have meaningful participation in healthcare

The Tragedy of Fibro: Is the condition truly ‘tragic’ or is this doctor hyperbole?

CJ Blogger Lene Andersen, who lives with RA and fibromyalgia, writes about her rheum calling Fibro a tragedy: “We can’t do much about fibromyalgia”

Swan Necks: Lene Andersen considers ring splints for her RA-deformed fingers

CreakyJoints Blogger Lene Andersen looks to find out if the beautiful ring splints she’s been seeing in the arthritis community can help her RA fingers

Why did this happen to me? —Thoughts on having a chronic illness

CreakyJoints Blogger and RA patient Lene Andersen on the fundamental question those with chronic illness ask themselves at some point: Why me?

Why does the medical world talk about DISCOMFORT when what you’re really feeling is PAIN?

CreakyJoints Blogger Lene Andersen, who lives with RA and fibromyalgia, on the use of the word ‘discomfort’ in the medical world when they are really talking about ‘pain’ —and why this really bugs her

One hell of a weekend: A bad rheumatoid arthritis/fibromyalgia flare, screaming pain, and fear

No stranger to unbearable pain, CreakyJoints Blogger Lene Andersen, who battles rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia, writes about a recent flare that was so bad she had to ask her doc: “Will you shoot me up?”

The last time Lene Andersen was on a beach was 40 years ago, the last time she walked—until last week

Since CJ Blogger Lene Andersen lost the ability to walk at age 14 due to juvenile arthritis, she has yearned to be where the sand meets the surf. Thanks to a new platform for those with disabilities, after 40 years she is back on the beach

CJ House Photographer Lene Andersen: Moments of Spring, Toronto Islands Pictorial

A collection of spring photos by Creakyjoints House Photographer Lene Andersen, the health writer, RA advocate, wheelchair user and camera nut

10 questions to ask your doctor when diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis

CJ Blogger Lene Andersen teamed up with a group of arthritis bloggers to think of ways to support people newly diagnosed with RA. Looking back, here are the questions they wish they had asked at diagnosis

May-hem: Arthritis Awareness Month (aka Hell Month) is Coming!

May is coming and health writer, RA advocate and CreakyJoints Blogger Lene Andersen is getting ready for the crazy ride that is Arthritis Awareness Month to consume and take over her life