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Lifestyle Adjustments for RA272 Views
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Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disorder that affects joints and can occur at any age. Watch this video to learn more about rheumatoid arthritis.
Description: Jennifer has adapted her home and her routine to accommodate her rheumatoid arthritis. Watch this to learn how she avoids RA fatigue and rheumatoid arthritis pain and takes care of her family at the same time.
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I wake up in the morning and I hurt and by the time I go to bed I hurt. But it’s something that I’ve always experienced and it’s always been a part of my life so I don’t know if I would realize if it was any different. I think my planning my day is very important in terms of being successful in managing my energy level. If I know that I have a big activity at night such as a school play or a basketball game or a lacrosse game, I have to make sure that I’m not running around during the day. To help during times when my husband’s not around…in terms of meal preparation, we plan our meals for the entire week and vegetables that need to be chopped up or spices or anything that needs to be cut, my husband does that.…. …and door handles—we don’t have knobs; we have those levers so it’s easy for me to open and close…We did have handicap toilets put in the house after my first hip replacement…. It’s very handicap accessible to me. In the shower there is a built-in seat so it just looks really pretty. You would never know it was build because of my condition. I had to change my path because of my joints. I went to school to be a French teacher; When my arthritis kind of reared its ugly head and I knew that being a French teacher and standing on my feet all day was not going to be an option, I kind of switched gears. I always thought I’d be teaching and didn’t realize that I’d turn around be teaching an arthritis water exercise class rather than teaching French. I thought, wouldn’t it be great to get paid to read books? So I searched out websites until I found somebody that would hire me… And after interviewing so many New York Time’s Best Seller authors, I realized that they’re no different than you and me. They’re just somebody who had a story and put I down on paper. So, I decided I was going to take a stab at it and write a book and my first release Par for the Course came out in 2010 and I just finished the second manuscript called Country Club which hopefully will be in stores….hopefully this summer. I do use a voice detecting system. And it’s great because I can just take the kids to school and I go home. I get regular chores, laundry done and then actually, I climb into bed and I can put on my microphone and I can just talk and it types it for me. It’s phenomenal. My writing is very therapeutic for me because if I’m not feeling well; I can escape into the world in which I’m living whether I’m interviewing an author, I can escape into their book or if I’m writing my own, I can escape into my world. And sometimes in my world it’s sunny and 75 and I like to go there.