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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.

Changing Priorities

This week, Daniel tells us about one of his recent fears, and how it has been affecting his life. He also describes how an event he attended this past weekend has begun to change his point of view, and made that fear start to recede. It is a fear many of us have had, and many more will have some day. See how Daniel is dealing with it, and hopefully learn a thing or two yourself.

Getting back on the bike

This column, Daniel takes us through a recent discovery of his, and relates how it has affected his life in a positive way. Dan also reminds us how dangerous it can be to become stuck in our comfort zone, especially when chronically ill. The benefits of accomplishment are both physical and mental, and it pays to never forget to try.

Parenting with RA... dare I?

This week, Daniel touches up a subject that many individuals with chronic illness must wrestle with all the time. People who are ill have to decide if they can and should have children, and the risks and rewards of doing so. Dan goes over a few of the concerns that he has about his own future, and they are likely similar to anyone who is afflicted and wants to start a family.

Prolonging The Inevitable

This week, Daniel talks about something all of us dread — flare-ups. He gives us some insight into living with the possibility of a disease downturn always hanging over his head, and the stress that it causes. To find out just what having an impending flare is like, check this week's column out.

The Burden of Travel

This week, Dan is away on a trip, and he helps us understand just what is involved when a chronically ill individual travels. The amount of medicine and other equipment that must come along with him can be overwhelming. Not only that but the disease itself always gets worse when he is outside of his comfort zone. See how it ends up.

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