Chemotherapy and Arthritis – by Ashley Boynes-Shuck

I will admit that I have always been hesitant to describe my rheumatoid arthritis medications as chemo, or “cancer drugs.” Part of this is my aversion to pity; the other part was that, at times, people use the term “chemo” incorrectly when describing their arthritis treatments. Lastly, I’ve always felt that it was a bit … Continue reading

Managing Emotional Health with Arthritis and Chronic Pain – by Ashley Boynes-Shuck

Living with physical ailments and chronic health conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, lupus, sjogrens, spondylitis, fibromyalgia, back pain, and the like can be mentally exhausting, emotionally draining, and, of course, physically excruciating. Perhaps the mental, emotional, and spiritual toll that chronic illness and chronic pain can take is the most overlooked component in the … Continue reading

Are You “Enough?” – by Ashley Boynes-Shuck

I’m not liberal enough for Democrats or conservative enough for Republicans. I’m not Christian enough for Christians, but I’m Christian enough to have atheists and agnostics mock me.  I’m smart enough to have been accepted into Mensa and to possess a near-genius-level IQ, but I’m not smart enough that people meet me and immediately notice my … Continue reading