About Katie

Katie was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cardiac Syndrome X, and Venous Malfornations at 35 after years of inconclusive tests, including a super fun visit to the Mayo Clinic in 2015. Her hobbies include web design, graphic design, listening to hardcore rap, writing, and fart jokes. She has two sons, Ethan, who is five years old, and Elliott, who is two years old. She lives in Arkansas with her crazy kiddos and her husband, Evan.

Neurologists, Rheumatoid Arthritis & Psoriasis…oh my!

Well hello. It’s been quite awhile since I’ve felt inspired to write. My little family has been going through a lot of changes and despite not working anymore I’ve actually been pretty busy. I’ve been  going to my Arthritis Wellness pool class twice a week and going to physical therapy as well. Who would have […]

By |April 23rd, 2016|Day in the Life, Doctors Appointments, Katie, Rheumatoid Arthritis|2 Comments

List of Common Auto Immune Disorders

Autoimmune disorders are the unusual immune responses to the body’s own tissues and substances. Your body recognizes them as foreign and goes in for the attack. Treatment is typically done with heavy duty immune-suppressants, drugs that attempt to lessen the abnormal immune responses.

At this time, there are over 80 disorders, and they are categorized by […]

By |March 1st, 2016|Blogs, Good To Know, Katie, Rheumatoid Arthritis|3 Comments

Flare? What’s a flare?

Well hello there. I’ve been crazy busy the last few weeks. My family has had quite a few big life changes as far as jobs and moving for the first time in 9.5 years so my body is super pissed about that. Pair that with medical insurance changes and having to stop and or change some meds, it’s […]

By |February 18th, 2016|Blogs, Bummer, Doctors Appointments, Katie, Rheumatoid Arthritis|3 Comments

Rheumatoid Arthritis & The Heart Connection

If you’re living with Rheumatoid Arthritis I’m sure you’ve heard about Glenn Frey dying from “complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, ulcerative colitis and pneumonia.” I’ve personally already had several people tell me they were unaware you could die from Rheumatoid Arthritis. It’s difficult for people to imagine in this day and age that we don’t have […]

By |January 21st, 2016|Heart, Katie, Rheumatoid Arthritis|20 Comments

My Favorite Rheumatoid Arthritis Items

Oh online shopping. You are the absolute best. Especially for someone with chronic illness and small children at home. Most days I have to tell myself not to even open my shopping apps because it will NOT end well.

So my addiction to online shopping has some benefits. I have found some items that have come […]

By |January 11th, 2016|Blogs, Favorite Things, Katie|3 Comments

Big changes are coming this year.

I’d be lying if I said 2015 wasn’t just an awful year. There were  some good memories but there was a lot of struggle and grief for my family and a lot of my friends and their families. I always try to put a positive spin on things and I am thankful for my husband […]

By |December 29th, 2015|Katie, Rheumatoid Arthritis|0 Comments

Favorite Rheumatoid Arthritis Blogs

If you are like me and have this totally glamorous disease you may find yourself reading a lot of personal online experiences. Everyone deals with RA differently and has their own unique experience with diagnosis and treatment. I’ve compiled a list of my favorite Rheumatoid arthritis blogs, websites and Facebook pages that I frequent when […]

By |December 9th, 2015|Blogs, Katie, Random Ramblings|7 Comments

Sickness levels at 100%

The week of Thanksgiving is always crazy, and the whole family got a cold, which immediately turned into me getting a sinus infection because I have to keep my sickness levels at 100% at all times. I spent Monday and Tuesday curled up and waiting for my heavy duty antibiotics to kick in. I was supposed […]

By |November 29th, 2015|Infusions, Katie, Random Ramblings|0 Comments

Actemra Infusion

Well…hello. I’ve been slacking on posting, since my life has been a mess of crazy lately but I’m here now so it’s all good.  I’m writing bits and peices of this while I wait to get my Actemra infusion. Just a brief run down of my ridicously long medical history in the last 4+ years. About a […]

By |November 21st, 2015|Infusions, Katie|2 Comments