This week, a unique website, New Way RA, goes live. It explores in depth how people living with rheumatoid arthritis, RA, can live a healthy and well-rounded life-style while facing the challenges of this disease.
New Way RA is an online talk show. It’s features Deborah Norville interviewing experts on career, fitness, nutrition, personal relationships and managing the patient/doctor relationship. (FYI – She’s as beautiful AND smart in person as she seems on TV!) It also includes interviews of individuals living with RA and key facts.
I’m delighted to be the featured “career” expert. It was a real treat to be part of this impressive group. As a chronic illness career coach who developed multiple sclerosis (also an autoimmune disease) when I was 29, I know how hard it can be to face the challenges of living and working every day with a debilitating disease.
I picked up valuable nuggets from the experts, especially the nutrition segment. As a self proclaimed “foodie”, I’ve always tried to avoid adjusing my diet for health. It felt like I’d already given up too much living with illness.
But Ellie Krieger, dietician and chef, doesn’t focus on food tips for people with illness. Her approach is about good health. Although I’d heard about the value of anti-oxidants and the drawbacks of white flour, I ignored this until I heard Ellie speak — and bought her cookbook – which has become my bible. She convinced me that it’s easy to fold healthy eating into your life. I also learned that I could grow used to having my own personal stylist!
So check it out. Whether you live with RA, know someone who does – or live with any chronic illness. There are many nuggets for you there.