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September
The Many Faces of Arthritis

MomDogs My invisible illness is Back2BackArthritis – OA/RA, Sjogren’s Syndrome & more actually, but that is enough to mention for my elevator speech. Yes, with a chronic illness you need to come up with an elevator speech, just as you do with your profession. My story is that I’m a Doctor of Physical Therapy, former athlete, empty nester of 3, and I seriously want to get a mini-house & take a gap-year of sorts! My happy place is the beach…by the ocean with my feet in the sand and the wind in my hair or me entirely in the water… It used to be skiing in the winter when I was younger and without knee issues & OA, & sailing in the summer, until I discovered windsurfing. But one’s aspirations and need for peace and happiness get modified with a chronic illness, even if it is one that is deemed invisible.

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Interview with Chris Cassidy

IMG_4669dddChris and Trey at World Bike Relief in Kona From being curled up in the capsule heading to the International Space Station (ISS) at record speeds and feeling like a cannonball, to orbiting the earth 2,656 times or 70 million miles, and back down, and now to conquering a demanding 140.6 mile Triathlon in Kona. It’s Hawaii, tropical, vacation paradise – How hard could it be, right? Wrong! It is only for the toughest and bravest of heart. And Chris Cassidy has what it takes.

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