Sunday, October 23, 2011

My Rheumy, My Friend

I feel fortunate enough to be at the point in my course of treatment that my 30 minute appointments with my Rheumatologist, Dr. Yee at the Hospital for Special Surgery, are spent mostly catching up. It's clear that he takes a genuine interest in my life, and I in his. He has been one of the most important people in my life over the past 3+ years. He saw me at my worst and has brought me back to my best.

This blog post is dedicated to all the physicians out there that take great care of their patients, are involved in medicine for more than just the money, and who have helped us overcome the greatest obstacles in our lives.

Tell us about your favorite doc - rheumy or otherwise - in the comment section!


Sunday, October 16, 2011


Here I am, a mere three weeks away from my first ever marathon - the New York City Marathon - and probably my only one. As I reflect back on where I came from in this journey to the finish, starting way back when I was first diagnosed with RA (and I thought I'd never have the chance to accomplish this type of a goal), I am amazed by the strength surrounding me:

- The strength of my support system: family, friends, my fiancé.
- The strength of my medication and supplements that have me feeling well enough to DO THIS!
- The strength of my network that supported me with my fundraising efforts and gave me the courage and encouragement to accomplish this. When I feel tired or achy, I think of everyone that believed in me, and I push forward.
-And, perhaps most importantly, the strength I have found within myself, both mentally and physically.

Halfway through a 10 mile run this morning, I found myself in awe of myself. If you had asked me six month ago if I could run 10 miles, I would have laughed in your face. But my body feels strong and able, and my mind feels ready. As short as a few weeks ago, I gave up on a 14 mile run, telling my fiancé that I couldn't do it - and how would I ever be able to complete 26 miles if I can't even do 14?? Now, I feel confident that I can and WILL complete 26.2 miles. Running, walking - whatever it takes.

Look for me at the finish!

Be strong...

Monday, October 10, 2011

Chronic Pain & Depression

Please click over and read Maya's wonderfully honest story of dealing with depression and chronic pain.