Erin's Blog

Hi, I’m Erin. I have lived with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis since 1973. I was born in the United States and obtained a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy there in 1998. In 1999 I married a Kiwi and moved to New Zealand. In the past I’ve worked as a counsellor and an administrator at a DHB in NZ. Currently, I dabble in copy editing and proofreading, water exercise and volunteer work. I live with my husband and three cats.

Getting through difficult times

Life has thrown a lot at me during the past 18 months or so. So many changes in a relatively short time has challenged my emotional and physical limits. Perhaps you can relate. Loss I’m from the United States, so when my mother was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour...

When the glass is half empty, not half full

Living with rheumatoid arthritis brings lots of challenges to my life. I’ve had my share of surgeries, planned and unplanned, resulting in differing leg lengths and even a dropped foot. (Makes my love of shoes a killer!) However,...

Arthritis arrives

I was walking to my car when I dropped my keys. I stood staring at them. I was alone on the large expanse of grass at university. No one was around to help. Now what? Arthritis arrives I was only seven years old when I was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis...

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