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Your Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis is your guide to living well with RA regardless of whether you are newly diagnosed or have had the disease for many years. Full of information, advice and practical tips, the series will empower you to live well with this chronic autoimmune disease.
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About Lene

Lene Andersen is an award-winning writer living in Toronto, Canada. Born and raised in Denmark, Lene — pronounced Lena — has had rheumatoid arthritis since she was four years old. This gives her over four decades of experience with the disease and everything that comes with it.
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Follow the blog where Lene shares news and information about the books and tips on living well with rheumatoid arthritis. Join in the journey and be part of the conversation.
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  • Welcome! I’m so happy that you decided to check out the site for Your Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Tools for Managing Treatment, Side Effects and Pain. Writing it was a labour of love and I am continually honoured and really thrilled that readers are finding it useful. You might wonder why things seem a little […]

  • “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” John Lennon I had it all worked out. It was organized down to the day and wordcount. There was a plan, an outline, a strategy, even. And then things went sideways. At first, it wasn’t too bad. So there was a rewrite of […]

  • Three years ago today, Your Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Tools for Treatment, Side Effects and Pain was published and I fulfilled my lifelong dream of being an author. It’s been an amazing three years. My little book was very well received by people who live with RA and I have been lucky enough to meet […]

  • Congratulations on getting yourself a brand-new rheumatologist! Rheumatologists — or rheumies, as they are affectionately known in the community — can add so much value to living with any kind of arthritis. Like any other new relationship, though, you have to get used to each other, and your rheumatologist has to come to understand how […]

  • There is a certain point in the writing of a book when you lose touch with reality. This was the plan: I was going to whiz through finishing the first rewrite just before the holidays, pass it to my substantive editor (a.k.a. The Boy), who’d somehow magically edit 50 chapters while in crunch time at […]

  • We’re coming down to the wire, that moment when desperation hits as you’re looking for just one more thing, and have no idea of what it should be. I’d like to humbly suggest Your Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Tools for Treatment, Side Effects and Pain, the first in the series, as a gift option for […]

  • I dare to call myself a writer? I am not worthy of writing a personal cheque… No, wait. This isn’t bad. Might actually be pretty good. I. Am. A. Writer! No you’re not, you silly cow. People are going to point and laugh if you publish this piece of tripe. Wait! Look at this paragraph […]

  • Is it really so? Am I actively working on the second book in the Your Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis series? Yes, I am! Fiction writers talk about the characters taking over the book. It’s a wonderful experience to be writing with a bit of a plan going on and all of a sudden the characters […]

  • Being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an overwhelming thing. How are you supposed to remember asking the right questions at the right time? Over the past few months, I’ve been part of a team of Canadian arthritis bloggers who were, with the support of Janssen Inc., asked to collaborate on ways to support people […]

  • As you may know, July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Months and not surprisingly, it’s a cause close to my heart. Dr. B. on Health is an excellent program, available both online and in iTunes. Throughout July, Dr. B focused on various aspects of juvenile arthritis. Check out his archives and take a listen. I was […]

  • I’ve always wanted to visit the land down under. I don’t actually know if Australians and Kiwis enjoy that term and suspect that a trip to those wonderful countries would enable me to do some personal research. But, as I may have mentioned before, I can’t travel… well, I don’t say anymore, instead preferring to […]

  • A few months ago, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Wren on Rheumablog. She’s an excellent journalist and asked very good questions. Wren has just posted a review of Your Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Tools for Managing Treatment, Side Effects and Pain and boy, was that a joy to read! I may even […]