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How Good Boundaries Make Life With Spondylitis Easier

How Good Boundaries Make Life With Spondylitis Easier

There is an old saying: “Good fences make good neighbors.” Having healthy boundaries in relationships is important for everyone, especially for people with a chronic condition like spondylitis. Setting and defending boundaries allows you to...
Posted 09/11/2019
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Four Books About Spondylitis You Should Read

Four Books About Spondylitis You Should Read

Thousands of members of MySpondylitisTeam connect with one another and read each other's stories to gain perspective and validation about living with spondylitis (axSpA). Another way to discover how to live better with axSpA is through books...
Posted 09/10/2019
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Tap Into the Power of Directness: Use "I"

Tap Into the Power of Directness: Use "I"

Living with spondylitis can mean having limited energy, time, and bandwidth. You may find yourself needing to say "no" more often than you did before you developed inflammatory arthritis. Do you have a tough time being direct with others about how...
Posted 08/15/2019
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Finding Spondyloarthritis Specialists

Finding Spondyloarthritis Specialists

Spondyloarthritis affects one in 100 people, yet it remains relatively unknown among the general public and most physicians.1 Many people who seek treatment for low back pain, one of the most common symptoms of spondyloarthritis, go undiagnosed...
Posted 07/29/2019
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Who's the One Person You Should Always Keep Your Promise To?

Who's the One Person You Should Always Keep Your Promise To?

Keeping promises to yourself is a way to focus on self-nurture. This could mean making a commitment to "you" time on a regular basis to tend to yourself. Keep a regular date with yourself to focus on whatever helps you feel calm and centered in...
Posted 07/12/2019
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Telling White Lies

Telling White Lies

Have you ever told a white lie to be kind, to protect the feelings of others, or maybe to simply avoid stigma? You're not alone.For some living with a chronic condition, telling a white lie can be a way to save one's strength. Sometimes it's...
Posted 06/26/2019
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Say "No" by Saying "Yes" to Something Else

Say "No" by Saying "Yes" to Something Else

Saying "no" with grace and honesty can be challenging. Sometimes our fear of ending a conversation awkwardly or letting a friend or relative down can nudge us into saying "yes" to things that are difficult for us. When managing a chronic...
Posted 06/05/2019
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Alternative Treatments for Spondylitis

Alternative Treatments for Spondylitis

On MySpondylitisTeam, the social network and online support group for those living with axSpA and other types of spondylitis, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Alternative treatments are one of the top 10 topics...
Posted 05/31/2019
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Putting Yourself First

Putting Yourself First

Have you ever put someone’s else’s needs ahead of your own? We all do it - we’re human, after all. There is a name for this generous tendency. Economists refer to this situation, when one person's well-being cannot be improved without making...
Posted 05/16/2019
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Your Life Is Your Choice

Your Life Is Your Choice

If you’ve read my posts on MySpondylitisTeam you know that I’ve transitioned to consulting work in environmental health from a traditional full-time job as a gerontologist. I needed the flexibility that consulting offers to manage my time off,...
Posted 05/12/2019
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