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CJ News & Views

Arthritis and the Guilt

A reader writes that she is in so much pain and is so tired, she feels wracked with guilt. Dr. Laurie explains why guilt has no place in an arthritic's life -- and how to cast it away.

Overwhelmed by the Guilt Arthritis Brings

After working all day, when I get home, I can barely move. I know my husband -- kind and supportive as he has been with my arthritis -- gets tired of cooking or doing things for himself. But I am in so much pain, it's not worth the walk across the room to even eat. I am getting very depressed and find myself pushing him away, thinking he does not deserve this. How do you get over the guilt of what this disease does to you and your family? -- Guilty Sarah

The Overbearing Family

As Christmas nears, I feel like my family is pulling me in a million directions -- presents, travel plans, you name it. I'm overextended as it is. What can I do? -- Billy in Brisbane

No Respect

In their excitement, humans talk down to our aged canine as if he were a mere pup -- docile and helpless. Creak, as you may guess, is a bit miffed.

The Winter Blues

As the weather turns colder, I can't help but feel sad. This happens every year, and I don't know what to do. -- Nikki in Naperville

The Dry Skin Season

As winter sets in, my skin gets very ashy. What do I do to stop it? -- Dave in Denver

The Separated Lovers

My girlfriend is studying out of the country right now and I won't see her until Christmas. Being without her ... it's awful. Is this normal? -- Blue Billy

Letting Your Inner Essence Shine Through

Without realizing it, arthritis can lead us to hide behind a protective shield. Dr. Laurie illustrates how tearing down that barrier reveals our true beauty.

Election Day 2008

Creak has never hidden his annoyance with most young folks. But seeing them out en masse voting brought a twinkle to his eye.

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