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Curated arthritis and chronic pain news, quirky observations, wellness tips & useful gadgets!
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This week's arthritis-y links: 

You are not lazy. The mental struggle of chronic pain is real. Read this, rinse, and repeat until you believe the message.

Whole Fools unwittingly spurs an interesting discussion about sustainability vs. accessibility when they sell peeled oranges in a plastic box.

Is it possible to harness the placebo effect to feel better? Jo Marchant, author of Cure, thinks so. This sure as hell would help lower my prescription bills!

A cast-iron skillet that is lighter than a laptop!?! Please and thank you!

#Truth from David Steindl-Rast, a 90-year-old Benedictine monk who has given a popular TED Talk on the same subject:

“You can’t be grateful for war in a given situation, or violence, or domestic violence, or sickness, things like that. There are many things for which you cannot be grateful. But in every moment, you can be grateful.”

I'm not at all grateful for my arthritis, but I'm endlessly grateful for the wonderful people it has brought into my life and the lessons I've learned as a result of having a chronic disease.

Upcoming Events: The Juvenile Arthritis Conferences are two, 4-day events happening in Phoenix, AZ from July 14-17 and Philadelphia, PA from August 11-14. Kids, teens and young adults with arthritis, along with parents and siblings attend this yearly conference. Connect with others who share your concerns and challenges and come home with valuable tools and life-long friends. Learn more.

NOPE.

I know it's blazing hot in most parts of the country, but ... anyone kinda feels like this critter today?
VIDEO OF THE WEEK
TEDxMaastricht - Dave deBronkart - aka e-Patient Dave: "Let patients help!"
"Patient is not a third person word," says e-patient Dave Debronkart. He has some interesting ideas on the benefits of owning your own health care data and connecting with other patients online or in person. Give this TED Talk a watch.
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