There were two primary reasons I started blogging about RA soon after my diagnosis. The first was to tell my own story so that other people with RA could relate to the issues involved with suffering with this insidious disease. If you come here often, you know that given my science background, the the scientific/analytic side of my thinking comes out in my writing. The second reason was to advocate for people suffering with RA and to increase awareness in some small way. And for this second reason I want to draw attention to a wonderful effort called Show Us Your Hands. Read the stories, view the interactive collage (it brought me to tears which is no easy task), read the personal stories, share with friends and family, complete the survey, and financially support the awareness efforts. It’s the stories of real patients who daily suffer with the impact of RA that helps spread the truth about our experiences. Sometimes I get fearful about letting people around me see the physical or emotional impact of RA. But we can’t be afraid to show the truth. Show Us Your Hands gives us the strength and medium to help accomplish this goal!