Congratulations Jeff!!

Another summit conquered in Jeff’s quest to raise JRA awareness!!
Awesome and inspirational.
Thank you Jeff!!!
From all those who have RA we love you xx

Arthritis Meet Up – Hope is Incurable – NYC Get Together – Feb 13, 2013

Hi Friends,
Please come and join myself and others who understand your pain and can even find some humor in it. We laugh, cry, chat and listen.

When? February 13, 2013
Where? Cibo restaurant – 767 2nd Ave between E 42nd & E 41st


Arthritis Meet Up NYC – Hope is Incurable

Hello Friends,
Happy New Year. I hope 2013 will be full of love, laughter and joy.
Our next Arthritis Meet Up is January 16 at Cibo restaurant 747 2nd Ave at 6.45 p.m.
I am looking forward to seeing you. For more information go to Meet Up

Health Activist Nomination

Thank you for the WEGO Health Activist and Ms. Congeniality Nominations.
This means so much to me.

Hope is Incurable Arthritis Support Group – November & December 2012

Thanks to all those who attended our bimonthly meet up and support group throughout 2012.
Your support over the years has been constant. I have heard your stories, and felt your love and your pain.
Acts of kindness are healing. I get as much out of running the group and supporting others as you do for being there. I am grateful to you all.
Blessings and thanks,

Hopes is Incurable – Arthritis Meet Up Group – August 2012

Hope is Incurable – Arthritis Meet Up NYC
Hi Friends,
We have our next meeting Wednesday August 29, 2012.
Come along laugh, cry, eat and be merry with people who understand and tell it like it is.
Where? Cibo restaurant 747 2nd Ave NY (near E 41st) at 6.45 p.m.

Thank you for your support as always and be well,

Hope is Incurable – Arthritis Meet Up NYC

Hi Friends,
We have our next meeting June 6, 2012.
Come along laugh, cry, eat and be merry with people who understand.
Where? Cibo restaurant 747 2nd Ave NY (near E 41st) at 6.45 p.m.

I’ve had trouble logging into my Blog recently, but I think I’ve worked it out now.
So stayed tuned and be well.

Thank you for your support as always,

Aristotle and Joy

I love this quote:
Aristotle: ‘We are what we repeatedly do.’

Eudaimonia – flourishing and enduring joy. I think that’s what we are all looking for.

(Steve – I got your email and will reply soon. You are a very, very brave man! Your strength is unbelievable and inspirational)

Have a great week everyone,

Depression and RA – It’s worth a read!

SEVEN out of 10 people with rheumatoid arthritis avoid parties because they are in too much pain, research has shown.

And two-thirds decline friends’ dinner invitations due to their condition, the poll on behalf of drugs firm Roche found.

One in three said the illness made them feel depressed and lonely.

Around 690,000 Brits suffer RA and half of affected adults stop working within a decade of diagnosis.

It is an incurable condition in which the body attacks itself – particularly the joints, meaning symptoms are much worse in winter.

Jo Lloyd Baker, 42, who lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, knows first-hand how challenging RA can be at this time of year.

She was first diagnosed in May 2008 when her children Henry and Elouise were only one and three years old respectively.

The reality of the physical limitation of RA was brought home to her during a cold snap shortly after her diagnosis.

She said: “I was in the car with the kids and my daughter was excited by the prospect of snow and asked me to help her make a snowman.

“With silent tears rolling down my cheeks, I suddenly realised that she may have well have asked me to climb Everest.

“I couldn’t imagine a time when I would have the energy or agility to build a snowman.”

Research has not established a clear link between joint pain and weather but many people with RA find their symptoms get worse when it is damp.

Jo said: “My survival strategy for the winter involves lots of early planning, online shopping and building downtime into your schedule.

“The kids still need to be outside at this time of year and rather than mention that I am having a bad day I will just suggest we do some
arts and crafts or my husband, Ewan, will take the kids out to burn off some energy.”

Aside from the physical restrictions, RA can also take a significant emotional toll and Jo can identify with the survey’s findings of a link between RA and depression.

Jo said: “I gave up my high powered city job to have the children and my experience with RA has prompted me to start training as a counselor.

“An RA diagnosis is devastating and while I welcomed the relief from the physical symptoms, I was shocked with how little emotional support was available.”

Jo turned to the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society – using their “online forum almost every day for reassurance and support”.

NRSA boss Ailsa Bosworth added: “The survey brings into focus the many challenges that people with RA can face during the winter period and beyond.

“The joint damage in RA often begins early in the disease, so it is critical to treat as early as possible and maintain treatment to reduce symptoms and stop irreversible damage before it occurs.

“With the right management there is no reason for 2012 not to be a happy new year for people with RA.”


Hope is Incurable – Arthritis Support Group NYC – January 25, 2012

Hi Friends,

Please join us on January 25, 2012 at 6.45 p.m.

Where? Cibo restaurant Midtown east

767 2nd Ave (Cnr E 41 st & 2nd).

It’s a casual get together where you can be with others who understand and have some fun :)

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