Today is a time for multiple celebrations. Here are a few of the reasons. Upon waking this morning, it was clear that the nasty flare of the past couple of weeks backed off enough that I could go about the business of living without RA screaming too loudly at me all day. The weather in Seattle was near perfect…70 degrees, sunny, and no humidity. It’s what we live for the other 9 months of the year. My 12 year old daughter’s soccer team is tearing it up at a tournament and she scored an amazing goal…in the air, over the defense and keeper, and into the corner of the goal. My friend of 20 years, Lee, was in town on business and we were able to meet for a true Pacific Northwest dinner…crab. Lee truly understands my battle with RA. While mostly in remission, he suffers with ankylosing spondylitis, an autoimmune disorder similar to RA which tends to affect the spine and other large joints. I’m very thankful for all of these things.
Finally, I wish to thank all of the readers of my blog which has been recently recognized on several fronts. My blog was approved this week as a member of the Patient Blogger Code of Ethics. My blog was chosen as one of the top 40 arthritis blogs by the Medical Assistant Schools. Michelle, who writes the blog Life and Times of a Girl with RA MCTD, and Sara who writes the Single Gal’s Guide to Rheumatoid Arthritis (who, by the way, has the best cartoons about her life), nominated my blog for the One Lovely Blog Award. Part of the award is to identify blogs that impact me and pass on the award. Here’s a list of some of my favorites (some have already been recognized).
Dual Sport Life – I love reading Terry’s stories of kicking back at RA by getting on a motorcycle for some long ride in the country. We seem to have similar experiences with RA and medications and I love to hear from another man with RA.
Living it, Loving It – Lana tells it like it is without holding back. And, I love hearing the music playing in the background when opening her blog (I’m especially fond of Rascal Flatts).
Rheum for God – This author weaves faith into her posts and I’m interested in learning how antibiotic protocol treatment works for her (plus the pics of her babies are sweet).
RheumaBlog – Wren is a long time RAer with a deep mind and always posts thoughtful replies on my blog.
RAwarrior – Kelly is a tireless RA Warrior. She and I started our blogs about the same time.
∞itis – I can really relate to posts by “Warmsocks”. Plus, we both live in Washington state!
Frozen Woman: Life with RA – Laurie presents a real professional blog.
RAguy – His 60 second Guide to RA is still the best! Use it!
There are so many more excellent blog writers out there and I can’t mention them all. Thanks to everyone of them and for the service provided to the RA community. I just wish we could all get together in person sometime!