Welcome, Friend!

Hi. I’m Sheryl. I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis when I was 25. I’m now 36. I suppose you could say this blog has been 11 years in the making, but it wasn’t until the last year or so that found myself thinking seriously about creating an online residence where arthritis warriors of all ages could visit for wellness tips, health hacks and gadget reviews. This year, I decided to put my keyboard where my mouth is and set this idea in motion.

You are looking straight into the eyes of the result: ArthritisFriend.com (aka your new BFF).

Now, I’m not a doctor and I don’t have a medical degree. My knowledge comes from having lived with RA for the last decade of my life. Learning about my condition and, more importantly, how to live with arthritis has been a bumpy road that at times has left me feeling scared and alone. I know I am not the only one out there that has felt like this. There are 46 million people (self-reported, doctor-diagnosed) living with arthritis-related diseases, with more being diagnosed each year, at every age.

I’ve collected a lot of information over the years and had countless experiences that I plan to share as a person living with arthritis, but I know I don’t know everything. I am also counting on you to offer your thoughts and hacks. We don’t have to go through this alone. Let’s help each other out!

I invite you to…
Participate in the discussion. Start the discussion. Email me your own tips, topic ideas and favorite tools. Make your friends laugh with a “Pre-Existing Conditions Suck” T-shirt. Be a wallflower. Be who you are.

To paraphrase that famous quote from Casablanca, I hope this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Thanks for stopping by my place.