My previous versions of this were focused solely on RA. Of course RA doesn’t happen in a vacuum and you have to fit everything else in your life in and around miserable RA symptoms (and treatments). The holidays make this even crazier. So this year’s rendition tries to do just that — fit in all the holiday craziness in with managing the disease. (Oh, my.) I hope that you enjoy it and that you and yours have a joyous holiday season — whatever that means to you.

The 12th Day of RA

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my RA gave to me:

Twelve cookies baking,

Eleven cards addressing,

Ten fingers flaring

Nine co-pays pending

Eight gifts to be wrapping

Seven cousins coming

Six labs a drawing

Five hours sleep!

Four aching joints

Three shopping days

Two swollen knees

And a wish for a healthy New Year!