• Lene Andersen
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One hell of a weekend: A bad rheumatoid arthritis/fibromyalgia flare, screaming pain, and fear

No stranger to unbearable pain, CreakyJoints Blogger Lene Andersen, who battles rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia, writes about a recent flare that was so bad she had to ask her doc: “Will you shoot me up?”

The last time Lene Andersen was on a beach was 40 years ago, the last time she walked—until last week

Since CJ Blogger Lene Andersen lost the ability to walk at age 14 due to juvenile arthritis, she has yearned to be where the sand meets the surf. Thanks to a new platform for those with disabilities, after 40 years she is back on the beach

CJ House Photographer Lene Andersen: Moments of Spring, Toronto Islands Pictorial

A collection of spring photos by Creakyjoints House Photographer Lene Andersen, the health writer, RA advocate, wheelchair user and camera nut

10 questions to ask your doctor when diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis

CJ Blogger Lene Andersen teamed up with a group of arthritis bloggers to think of ways to support people newly diagnosed with RA. Looking back, here are the questions they wish they had asked at diagnosis

May-hem: Arthritis Awareness Month (aka Hell Month) is Coming!

May is coming and health writer, RA advocate and CreakyJoints Blogger Lene Andersen is getting ready for the crazy ride that is Arthritis Awareness Month to consume and take over her life

RA, no child of her own, and wanting to be a mother: Lene’s story

In 1979, during the ‘dark ages’ of RA when much of the info was wrong, 17-year-old Lene Andersen decided not to have children. Then RA scuttled her plan to adopt. Lene reflects on never having a child of her own.

Longing to see the world when pain and illness keep you close to home

Lene Andersen loved to travel—until pain and a body too wrecked from rheumatoid arthritis made it impossible. This is a blog about NOT travelling, about yearning for OUT, and coming to terms with life

Divisions in the RA Community, Part II: Making Room for Us All

It doesn’t have to be high school all over again, with a pack of mean girls (or guys) chasing you down the hallway — Lene Andersen on how the online RA community can get along

Division in the RA Community, Part I: Pressure to be Other

Lene Andersen interviews members of the online RA community on the division, disagreements — even bullying — under a seemingly cohesive surface

Celebrating a 2nd chance at life: 10 years since that first shot of a biologic

On January 7, 2005, Lene Andersen got her first injection of a biologic—she went home, took a nap, and woke up a different person.