When I was first diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis (a condition so similar to rheumatoid arthritis that I sometimes just say that is what I have to avoid prolonged explanations) there were many decisions to make regarding treatment and concerns to process about the future. One of my talents has always been in promoting causes – affordable housing, peace and justice, etc. – and it made sense to apply that same talent here. Not many people know about autoimmune diseases and the sometimes debilitating problems they can create. I’ve written about my own condition a few times on my blog to educate about the issue and to encourage research. It was from those postings that a reporter (ironically living on the Oregon coast) who had been reading my site contacted me about an article she was writing about the relationship between arthritis and stress. The article just came out in Arthritis Today and some of my story is told throughout. I’m hoping that by sharing my story more people will learn about the disease. Click here to read.