Anna is living in the United Kingdom and pursuing a PhD in history. She was diagnosed with lupus — which shares many symptoms with rheumatoid arthritis — more than 10 years ago.
Can Smoking Aggravate Rheumatoid Arthritis?
While heavy cigarette smoking is unhealthy for any individual, there are certain risks associated with the combination of smoking and rheumatoid arthritis.
by Anna Scanlon on May 14, 2018
10 Kitchen Tricks to Make Cooking Easier With RA
There are a few things you can do to make dealing with rheumatoid arthritis in the kitchen easier, especially if you're cooking for several people at once.
by Anna Scanlon on May 7, 2018
Can Rheumatoid Arthritis Cause Bruising?
If you have RA you've likely said the words, "I bruise like peach." Learn how to care for and cover up rheumatoid arthritis bruising, and when to seek help.
by Anna Scanlon on April 30, 2018
Seven Strategies for Facing RA Morning Stiffness
Unfortunately, one symptom many people of RA face is rheumatoid arthritis morning stiffness. Thankfully, there are ways to manage this symptom.
by Mariah Leach and Anna Scanlon on November 1, 2017
9 Tips for Traveling With RA
Traveling with RA can be painful, as symptoms often worsen during a trip. Try some of these tips to make your trip more enjoyable and less painful.
by Anna Scanlon on May 10, 2016
How and Why to Reduce Your Risk of Infection
Infections are common, but when you have RA or any other autoimmune disease, they can wreak havoc. Lessen your rheumatoid arthritis infection risk today!
by Anna Scanlon on April 26, 2016
How to Make Christmas Shopping With RA Easier
While it can be a great way to hang out with friends and family and sip gingerbread lattes, Christmas shopping with RA can be stressful and exhausting.
by Anna Scanlon on December 15, 2015
The Path to Accepting Rheumatoid Arthritis
"Your journey is yours and yours alone," writes Anna on the path to accepting rheumatoid arthritis and how to move on after diagnosis.
by Anna Scanlon on October 28, 2015
Relaxation Techniques for Rheumatoid Arthritis
There are several ways to relax and de-stress that not only melt away the stresses of the day, but help with RA pain, too.
by Anna Scanlon on September 29, 2015
The Importance of Support for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients
RA can take away your ability to function the way you did previously so it's important to have support for rheumatoid arthritis patients.
by Anna Scanlon on July 22, 2015