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#RABlogWeek Recap: 178 blogs by 33 bloggers (Browse, Read & Enjoy)

CJ Blogger Rick Phillips, who hosted #RABlog Week on, with a recap and review of the event as well as a link to the blogs

The unfortunate, growing divide between doctors and chronic pain patients

CJ Blogger Jonathan H was once told to take painkillers for his RA flares. Today, with the same condition, he is viewed as a drug-seeking, doctor-shopping bundle of pain and legal liability

“I don’t look like you”: The problem of diagnosing psoriasis in people of color

CJ Blogger Diane Talbert, an African-American woman with psoriasis & psoriatic arthritis, on the medical community’s lack of knowledge when it comes to psoriatic disease in people of color

How Layne Martin, RN, gave up overeating and alcohol to take back her life

After a divorce and losing her career, CJ Blogger Layne Martin, RN, who lives with psoriatic arthritis, turned to food & drink. Here’s how she reclaimed her life

Some groups are underrepresented in rheumatology research. That’s cause for alarm.

We need people from all backgrounds in order to make research more powerful. But there are reasons some groups are less inclined to participate.

Taking a Risk for Research: A lab rat without a cage

Christine Schwab on how she went off her RA meds and took part in a UCLA test program for the first biologic, not knowing if she was on a placebo, and how HOPE helped her tough it out

The ‘You don’t look handicapped’ Parking Lot Idiot —How to best respond?

CJ Blogger Jonathan H on the best way to respond to those who question his use of handicapped parking because he looks ‘fine’ —make a zinger comeback or enlighten?

There’s tired, there’s exhaustion—then there’s FATIGUE: The Difference

CreakyJoints Blogger Sandi Davis, who lives with RA & Fibro, on the devastating weariness that makes it extremely hard to do most anything: Fatigue

Lene Andersen’s Onset Story: My first memory of rheumatoid arthritis

In a poignant post written for #RABlog Week, CreakyJoints Blogger Lene Andersen recalls her first memories of rheumatoid arthritis. She was four years old.

RA Guy on staying positive despite the dark side of living with chronic illness

RA Guy on how staying positive while living with chronic illness is not always easy, but it is always possible—even when you feel like giving up