At the beginning of my 29th year, everything in my life seemed to be heading in the right direction: I was living on my own in Manhattan for the first time, had just been promoted to a fast-paced job as a senior producer and was all set to enjoy my so-called fabulous single life. Unfortunately, my immune system, in an act of undoubted over achievement, picked this exact time to go haywire and begin producing too much of a good thing.
I suddenly found myself dealing with a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis, dates with a million doctors (none of which included drinks or dinner), crippling pain and fatigue, and a lot of fear and questions, including how do I give myself injections, and will I ever get to wear heels again?
What I didn't find were any books, websites or articles reflecting my story or situation.
Determined that there were other young, single women dealing with this awful disease on their own who were unwilling to let it take over their lives without a nasty fight, I sat down at my computer one day and began to tell my story.
Hence, The Single Gal's Guide to Rheumatoid Arthritis was born, and through it I have been able to connect with many others with RA who value standing up to this disease and trying to find some humor in the experiences it produces.
I am currently managing my RA successfully through several amazing medications and supplements and am figuring out how to make RA work with my life (and vice versa). In addition to writing this blog, I write for MyRACentral.com and have been contributed articles to other publications including HealthyWoman.org, Everyday Health and Arthritis Health Monitor. I was a panelist on the second season of New Way RA.
At the end of 2009, I relocated to Baltimore, Maryland for a new job and some new adventures.
I would love to hear from you, so please feel free to send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.