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J.G. Chayko
I am a writer, actress and arthritis advocate living on the beautiful west coast. Part of the Writer's Studio Program class of 2019.
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J.G. Chayko 6h
Saturday afternoon is about editing, writing, minding my manuscript and practicing my reading at the launch of Emerge 19 on October 9 with the Writer's Studio. See you there for a fabulous evening of storytelling.
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Marianna Paulson Sep 20
These are wise words for EVERYONE as they navigate through life, not just for people with a .
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J.G. Chayko Sep 20
A6: Stay positive. Just because there might be things you can no longer do, it doesn't mean there are things you can't do. You just have to find a new path to the life you want. It takes time, be patient & know you are not alone. There's lots of support out there.
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J.G. Chayko Sep 20
I always say the best awareness for an invisible disease is to live the best life you can - be the example, not the messenger.
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J.G. Chayko Sep 20
A5: RA is difficult to bring into the spotlight. People don't understand how serious it is. My partner says it not a "sexy" disease, meaning high profile so it gets little attention. Bit by bit, through blogs, social media & research, it's finding it way.
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J.G. Chayko Sep 20
Replying to @matgutting
Yes, pharmacists are excellent resources. I had the pleasure of talking to pharmacy students in university to share the patient experience with them.
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J.G. Chayko Sep 20
A4: Be open to suggestions, question techniques and treatments if you are unsure or having trouble. Health care teams are supposed to support you, make sure they're on your side, that they listen & respond to your concerns. Your time with them is all about you.
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J.G. Chayko Sep 20
A3: RA is different for everyone so the questions will be to. Be open, ask about treatment options, self-care, support in the community, education. More questions will come as you begin a new life with disease. Write them down, & bring them to your appointments.
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J.G. Chayko Sep 20
A2: I let it go for six weeks, but the same pattern happened every morning. Went to my doctor and he referred me to a rheumatologist who diagnosed me with early RA. I was a dancer and an actress. This couldn't happen to me.
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J.G. Chayko Sep 20
A2: One morning I woke with a slight fever & fatigue. My joints were sore & swollen. I brushed it off as a virus. I was rehearsing for a show & assumed it was a flu from working closely with people. It got better later in the day, but returned the next morning.
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J.G. Chayko Sep 20
A1: I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and have been sharing my life with it for several years through blogs, books and articles. A lot of people think it's your grandmother's disease, but that's not the case. It an autoimmune disease that attacks joints and organs.
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J.G. Chayko Sep 20
Good morning. I'm J.G Chayko, a writer, actress and arthritis advocate joining in from beautiful Vancouver BC.
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Martha Warren Sep 19
Join my classmates & I as we celebrate the launch of our student anthology, emerge19! Pick up a copy of the book, enjoy some readings & refreshments, and learn about The Writer’s Studio. Oct 9th, Harbour Centre in Vancouver, 7 p.m. RSVP:
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J.G. Chayko Sep 19
I blend a little bit of the present and the past in my latest piece in Emerge 19 with . Join us for the release on October 9 at Harbour Center SFU and let the talented writers of the Writer's Studio take you to other worlds.
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JointHealth Sep 18
Did you know ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is often misdiagnosed as lower back pain? There is an average delay of 8-10 years between onset of symptoms and diagnosis of AS
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ArthritisResearchCa Sep 18
“My little sister suffers from arthritis and has since the age of 19. I saw her go from a promising collegiate athlete to spending weeks not being able to get out of bed.” Learn more:
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ArthritisResearchCa Sep 18
Research Study Recruitment! We are looking for women with rheumatoid arthritis. We would love to learn about your experiences with making decisions regarding medications during pregnancy. Learn more here:
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ArthritisResearchCa Sep 19
"Arthritis isn't an injury people can see... I had no idea what was happening in my body and if or when I would be able to snowboard again." on the road to being diagnosed with at 25.
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J.G. Chayko Sep 18
I blend a little bit of the present and the past in my latest piece in Emerge 19 with . Join us for the release on October 9 at Harbour Center SFU and let the talented writers of the Writer's Studio take you to other worlds.
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J.G. Chayko Sep 18
A favorite local haunt that brings me back to the haunted twilights of New Orleans along the mighty Mississippi. Rung in the New Year a couple of times with to the soulful tunes of Billy Holiday, taking us back in time. ♥️ Thank you Ousi. You will be missed.
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