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Dan's du Journal

Daniel writes about his lifelong RA to entertain, teach, and above all, help

A Column About Nothing

This week, Daniel chronicles two weeks in his life -- the life of a patient with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Making Friends and Cultivating Lasting Relationships while living with a Chronic Illness

This week, Dan takes a look at some of the more common pitfalls when it comes to socializing while living with chronic illness. Friendships and relationships are hard enough but when you throw a devastating ailment into the mix, there is bound to be some serious chafing. Daniel tells us what to avoid, and helps to make sure you don't make the same mistakes he did.

Valentine's Day Broken Heart

This Valentine's day, our friend Dan is suffering from problems of the heart - quite literally in fact. This past week, Daniel underwent testing to discover just how much of his ticker was damaged in the most recent of his ordeals, and the results are not promising. A new hospital stay is in his future, but for today, he will have to suffer through Valentine's Day with a serious broken heart.

And The Band Played On …

Dan was determined 2012 would be his "Year of Me." However, things didn't get off to the start for which he'd hoped. His rheumatoid arthritis-related heart troubles continue.

2011 is dead, long live 2012!

In this first post of 2012, Daniel recaps all the ups and downs of 2011, and how they have affected his life. Those of you that joined him on the journey last year will recognize many of the events he talks about, and those of you new to his column will find it a great recap before he dives into 2012 full-force. This upcoming year promises to be just as interesting as the year that just ended, so stay tuned!

Holiday Tips for those with Rheumatoid Arthritis

This week, with the holiday quickly approaching no matter what you celebrate, stores are becoming more and more busy and hectic. Shopping for the holidays is always a pain, but it is even more so for those who are physically handicapped. Dan shares with us some of the tips he has learned over the years in order to help lessen the impact of hours of walking and fighting crowds.

Movie Night

This week, Daniel tells us about a recent film he saw, and how accurate the portrayal was of love with a person who is chronically ill. Dan also discusses the feelings that were brought up while watching this movie, and how much those feelings play a part in any relationship. If you are a fan of movies, or a fan of reading, or a fan of love, check this week's column out.

My Triumphant Return

Daniel returns! This week, after a month or so MIA, Dan returns with the story of his complicated shoulder surgery, and all the issues that went with it. Having Rheumatoid Arthritis always complicates matters, and this week's article should help to illustrate that fact without question. Help celebrate Daniel's return and check out this week's piece.

And let there be light... tomorrow?

This week, with the occurrence of Hurricane Irene and the resulting chaos, Daniel takes a look at what he does to prepare for any interruption in his normal routine. With no electricity, it can be especially hard for those who are ill to exist, and it is smart to be ready. Dan tell us what he does to always be prepared, and how he does it.

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