Just dancin’ my RAD life away. 🙂

After being diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, or, as I prefer, Rheumatoid Autoimmune Disease, at age 28, I did what anyone would do, I turned to the web. I was inspired and comforted by a couple bloggers with RA out there, but felt that there was room for more voices, many more.

What you can expect from me is honest experiences about MY life with RAD (I emphasize ‘my’, because every case is different). You should know that I choose to believe that a cure for RA might be possible in my lifetime. And that, cure aside, my goal from treatment, diet and any other therapy is total remission of the disease.

I think it’s important to share our experiences and to know that there are other people out there going through similar experiences. So I started this blog to share my experience, but also to hear yours. Please contact me or leave a comment – I’d love to hear from you!

  1. #1 by Jim Brennan on August 23, 2012 - 7:49 pm

    You are a courageous young lady. My sister was diagnosed with MS at an early age, and she is more active than most people her age at fifty-three. Keep up the good work.

    • #2 by musefulness on August 23, 2012 - 10:13 pm

      Thanks Jim. I like your blog. I’m attempting to train for my first marathon, so your blog’s a great resource. Wonderful to hear that your sister is doing so well. She’s definitely a role model to me. I wish her and you the best. 🙂

      • #3 by Jim Brennan on April 15, 2013 - 4:09 pm

        You are kind. Thank you, and good luck with your training. Be wise and look for a program that fits your ability, there are plenty of them out there.

  2. #4 by Marianna on January 23, 2013 - 12:23 am

    I applaud you for your RAD attitude! Research is now able to confirm how what goes on “upstairs”, affects not only “inside”, but “outside”, as well.

    Getting a handle on this at your young age will serve you well over the years. I’ve had RA for 35 years, and it’s only been in the last 6 years that I’ve fully embraced the whole body/mind/heart connection. It’s made a difference to me, so I champion those of you who get the importance of that at a younger age. Less pain, less joint destruction. More of a RAD life.

    • #5 by musefulness on January 23, 2013 - 6:21 am

      Thanks Marianna. It’s great to hear that it’s made a difference for you! I’m all for less RA, and more RAD life! 🙂

  3. #6 by Alison on October 25, 2013 - 12:36 am

    Hi, I just wanted to say thanks so much for your blog – it’s so realistic about the problems of RA and is clearing so much stuff up for me. I was diagnosed with ‘more than likely’ having RA last summer but stupidly didn’t get treatment, and now I am stuck 4000 miles away from home with huge flare ups! Your blog’s convinced me I need to stop being in denial and get myself sorted out as soon as I get home, so thanks again, please keep blogging!

    • #7 by My RAD Life on October 29, 2013 - 6:03 pm

      I’m sorry to hear you likely have RA, but I’m so glad I could help a little. Best of luck at your doc appointment! I can tell you that, though it sucks admitting there’s something wrong, treatment is MUCH better than painful (literally and figuratively) denial. Feel better!

  4. #8 by Courtland Long on August 11, 2016 - 5:50 pm


    I hope my message finds you well!

    My name is Courtland and I’m the Community Manager at healtheo360, an online caring community for patients and caregivers affected by chronic health conditions. I’ve been reading some of your blog posts and I felt compelled to reach out to you.

    I wanted to see if you would interested in sharing your stories about your journey with RA on healtheo360. We have many members with similar health conditions that I think would benefit from your incredibly positive attitude, efforts in making the invisible visible, and reducing stigma for many conditions out there. Everyone at healtheo360 is connected to health conditions in one way or another – our founder started the site after his sister-in-law was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer at the very young age of 32 (with two young daughters at home) and I’ve lost a grandfather to Alzheimer’s disease as well, in addition to having other forms of cancer run in my family and an uncle living with schizophrenia. I would be happy to chat if you have any questions about our community, but we strive to provide a safe place where members with similar health conditions can connect and feel inspired by one another, as well as find relevant health information related to their condition.

    You can check out our site here: http://www.healtheo360.com/all-activity.php

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    My Very Best Regards,

    • #9 by My RAD Life on August 13, 2016 - 9:38 pm

      Hi Courtland,

      I’m honored that you reached out! I would be happy to share my story with your community. I don’t have time to manage a second blog on a different site at the moment, but I’m happy to have my postings referenced or linked to your community.

      Let me know if there’s another way I can work with you.

      Christy (MyRADlife)

  5. #10 by Alazne on January 29, 2017 - 8:53 pm

    Hi! As someone with primary Sjögren syndrome i am really happy to have found this blog. Really love the picture, reminds me of a younger, carefree me 🙂

    • #11 by My RAD Life on January 31, 2017 - 9:47 pm

      Aww thanks. It’s an old picture of me 🙂

  6. #12 by Narayanamurthi on January 14, 2018 - 5:31 pm

    Hi ,

    Just a quick email to let you know that I featured you in a recent article named:
    Top 25 Rheumatoid Arthritis Blogs You Should Follow in 2018.

    Here’s a link to the article:

    I’ve also made a special badge for you here:

    Feel free to download and use it anywhere you wish!

    Once again, I hope your inclusion in the list drives some new readers to your blog and I look forward to staying connected!


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