October 25, 2016

Six Months Gone By In A Flash!

Last week benchmarked my 6 month goal to post at least one blog each Tuesday!  Instead of having a feeling of accomplishment, I’m left confused.  My intent for this blog was to deal with everyday lifestyle obstacles associated with having an autoimmune disease.  When I reread my posts, I see a light-hearted lifestyle blog that rarely touches on the challenges associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis, and infrequently mentions Rheumatoid Arthritis. 

Make no mistake that I live with the effects of rheumatoid arthritis each and everyday, but consciously find it difficult sharing the painful reality of this disease.  It was not my intention to trivialize this chronic disease by focusing on cosmetics, weekend jaunts, or critiques on dining experiences.  I have marginalized the seriousness and pain of this disease according to some readers of my blog, that also have rheumatoid arthritis.  It was never my intention to suggest cosmetics, socialization, or dining would relieve pain associated with this disease.  This is why I feel I need to clarify what my blog is about and where it is going!

RA Style & Flare is a lifestyle blog written by an individual that has been diagnosed and is being treated for severe rheumatoid arthritis.  Rheumatoid arthritis is a distinct and unique disease in that treatment and medication differs by doctors recommendations and decisions of the patient.  You will never, I repeat never see any medical information on this site nor any medical disclosure about my condition.  This blog was meant to share lifestyle information that all individuals with or without rheumatoid arthritis may enjoy reading about and sharing. 

Now that I have addressed an unexpected issue, I am going to leave you with a snippet of what you will see on my blog in the coming months.

-collaboration with Always Joy and other  contributors

– a vlog that highlights my strategies for living life with style and flare

-updates on my weight loss and attempt at knitting a throw

…and so much more!

The list of topics are many and varied and I look forward to continuing this endeavor, hopefully without ticking anyone else off! 

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  1. This is the perfect webpage for anyone who would like
    to understand this topic. You know so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I really will need to…HaHa).
    You certainly put a fresh spin on a subject that’s been written about for ages.
    Great stuff, just wonderful!

    • Thank you Elba for your comments, I appreciate your input. I hope you continue to read my blog, and if you have any suggestions of topics to be covered, let me know! Mary Ann

  2. I think you are on the right track… you can read about RA anywhere. Who wants to go to a blog and read sadness and painful experiences all the time. Your approach is one of trying to achieve comfort, pleasure and acceptance and finding happiness where and when you can. The little things in life can give us great JOY. Keep on trucking….:)

  3. I have to call you out on this one. I do not think your followers read your blog to learn about RA, we can Google that. I think we read your blog as an inspiring story of a woman struggling with pain and yet shares with us how to enjoy the little things. It is fun hearing about the the products that give you even an once of joy or the nonrefundable, costly lipsticks that you put on, look in the mirror and think, “YUK”. We all have shared that before. We want to hear and see the sunsets and cute fall decorations. Write about what makes you happy. Write about what makes you sad, just be you and write. It makes our days a bit more optimistic.

  4. Elise Ferrara says:

    Well said my friend!!