As I said yesterday, a lot happened this past year. But of all the press, all the excitement, all the hoopla, I think being on the cover of the January/February issue of Arthritis Today is perhaps the most special to me. (And pretty cool, right? Next to Stacy Keibler in Barnes & Noble!)
As many of you know, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis about 10 years ago and for a while, it totally kicked my butt. While I’m now much better — happier, healthier — than I’ve ever been, I still have my days. Sometimes my ankles hurt, sometimes my wrists burn a bit; there is no cure for RA so it will never fully go away. Still, this feels like a bit of a victory lap. One that’s a long time comin.
I struggled for years to find answers, which is why I love the response I’ve gotten from TV Dinner readers who are trying to manage their arthritis. They want to try new medicine, new diet, new exercise — you name it — and while I can only speak from my own experiences and what’s worked for me, I’m always happy to help. I answer every email and try to answer all your questions, too… so keep em comin. We’re all in this together.
I think you’ll learn a bit more about my story (and my crazy schedule/routine) from Judy DiEdwardo, who wrote a lovely piece to accompany the cover. So I hope you’ll check it out. And a huge thank you to everyone at the magazine, especially Bryan Vargo (Lifestyle and Web editor) who was the first to contact me, and the delightful Susan Siracusa (Creative Director). This is truly a very special honor.