Adventure & Wellness Blog
Adventures with RA
Living life to the fullest, rheumatoid arthritis and all!
Vision for Adventures with RA
To promote an active lifestyle.
To share my experiences in such a way that they may be encouraging and useful to others suffering from chronic illness.
To spread a positive and “can-do” attitude and encourage others to seek joy daily.
The desire to start this project was sparked towards the end of March 2019. On a whim, I started working through an online course that covers personal brand development and social media. I realised I wanted more, though… More than just the superficial selfies and as many likes and followers as possible; this project needed to be meaningful.
I wanted to promote an adventurous and healthy lifestyle, challenging others to get out there and live! I wanted to share my personal experience regarding life’s challenges and for them to be an encouragement to others. And I wanted to spread a positive, can-do attitude and share ways to pursue joy.
So there were a few puzzle pieces that were floating around in my head, but hadn’t quite fallen into place yet. Something that makes me unique when considering the above desires is that I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. It has been my constant companion since the age of 12; and, barring a miracle, will continue to be for the rest of my life.
When one Googles this disease, the results are filled with reports of suffering: blog posts about pain, medication side effects, and secondary syndromes and symptoms. While these are a reality and deserve consideration; my adventurous spirit refuses to give in, give up, and stay home. Stepping outside of one’s comfort zone is tremendously good for the soul and character-building.
One morning early April, the “Adventures with RA” idea hit me as I was driving to work. It addressed all of the above desires! There’s been much brainstorming since, and I hope this will grow into something that is both useful and inspiring to others suffering from chronic illness as well as to their loved ones and support system.