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cathy kramer
Works at College of Dupage
Attended Newman University
Lives in Naperville, IL
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Find a Rheumatologist You Trust
" Find a rheumatologist you trust ." This was one of the many messages shared during the Joint Decisions VideoChat this month "Shaping Your Story: Managing the Mental and Emotional Challenges of Life with RA."  While I think this message is huge and often t...
"Find a rheumatologist you trust." This was one of the many messages shared during the Joint Decisions VideoChat this month "Shaping Your Story: Managing the Mental and Emotional Challenges of Life with RA." While I think this message is huge and often takes more time than we would like, ...
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Becoming Empty Nesters
The last year or so, my two children have been spreading their wings and growing up. They are both independent teens working jobs and enjoying life.  I love who they are.  If I wasn't their mother, but met them somewhere, I know I would instantly be attract...
The last year or so, my two children have been spreading their wings and growing up. They are both independent teens working jobs and enjoying life. I love who they are. If I wasn't their mother, but met them somewhere, I know I would instantly be attracted to both of them.
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A beautiful reminder.#rheum
Yesterday we stopped for dinner on the mad dash to get to our weekly Civil Air Patrol meeting. Of course the service at the restaurant was unusually slow. How could we possibly expect anything else? We were in a rush.  How...
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Staying Active is the Goal
For the majority of my adult life, I have taken pride in the fact that I am physically active. I worked out throughout my two pregnancies and even made time for it when my children were young and I had to workout with them on top of me. During some of my wo...
For the majority of my adult life, I have taken pride in the fact that I am physically active. I worked out throughout my two pregnancies and even made time for it when my children were young and I had to workout with them on top of me. During some of my worst rheumatoid arthritis days, ...
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Arthritis Awareness Month - Self Awareness
May is Arthritis Awareness month in the US and I  have a confession. Every year when Arthritis Awareness Month rolls around, I feel anxious. I feel like I am  supposed  to make all my friends and family aware of what is going on with my body and the bodies ...
May is Arthritis Awareness month in the US and I have a confession. Every year when Arthritis Awareness Month rolls around, I feel anxious. I feel like I am supposed to make all my friends and family aware of what is going on with my body and the bodies of all of us living with rheumatoid ...
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Positive Discipline for Myself
When I was a young 5th grade teacher, I chose to base my classroom discipline on the positive rather than the negative.  I developed a program with two components. As a class, they could earn Class Coupons. Once they earned enough Class Coupons, we would ha...
When I was a young 5th grade teacher, I chose to base my classroom discipline on the positive rather than the negative. I developed a program with two components. As a class, they could earn Class Coupons. Once they earned enough Class Coupons, we would have a party which generally consisted of ...
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I'm Not an RA Newbie
Having a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis for 11 years now makes me a little impatient with on-call doctors. They ask questions such as, "Are you sure it's RA related?" or "Could it be an injury?" and hold off giving you what you know you need.  Honestly, ...
Having a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis for 11 years now makes me a little impatient with on-call doctors. They ask questions such as, "Are you sure it's RA related?" or "Could it be an injury?" and hold off giving you what you know you need. Honestly, I find it irritating.
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Good morning! I am a writer for Everydayhealth and was hoping we could email or speak about RA and foot pain - I'd like to hear your tips for our readers for an article I am working on. Do you have time this week? You can reach me at madeline.vann@gmail.com
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Missing My Walking Partner
My walking partner of eight years is taking a break from walking.  I hope it's only a break anyhow. For the last month my border collie Izzy hasn't been interested in joining me on my morning walks.  Sometimes we will make it to the end of our driveway, she...
My walking partner of eight years is taking a break from walking. I hope it's only a break anyhow. For the last month my border collie Izzy hasn't been interested in joining me on my morning walks. Sometimes we will make it to the end of our driveway, she stops, and won't move until I assure her ...
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May your four-legged friend soon join you on your jaunts.
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I Found the Person I was Looking For
Often I think back to an evening in 2004.  I finished teaching an evening class at 9:00, walked to my car, and received a call.  I sat in the parking lot absorbing the news from my primary care physician that I was officially diagnosed with rheumatoid arthr...
Often I think back to an evening in 2004. I finished teaching an evening class at 9:00, walked to my car, and received a call. I sat in the parking lot absorbing the news from my primary care physician that I was officially diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. I'll forever be thankful to him for ...
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Healthline's Rheumatoid Arthriits Blogs of 2015
As I go through my struggle of figuring out my place in the rheumatoid arthritis community, I am honored to be named on this list along side such other inspirational bloggers.
As I go through my struggle of figuring out my place in the rheumatoid arthritis community, I am honored to be named on this list along side such other inspirational bloggers. Posted by cathy kramer at 6:25 AM · Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to FacebookShare to Pinterest ...
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My son is making chicken and rice soup.  Just what I need today!
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A few random thoughts as I lay in bed sick.
While teaching Thursday night, I realized I had caught whatever has kept my daughter home all week. By bedtime I had chills and by morning was running a fever and had body aches. As of Monday morning, I'm still in bed. Surprisingly, I haven't been sick much since starting Enbrel in 2010, ...
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  • Newman University
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  • Wichita State University
    ESL
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Female
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Cateepoo
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Reflections on health, family, self, and simple everyday happiness.
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Married 27 years, momma to two perfect teens and a border collie, 22 years in education, and seeker of finding the best in people and situations.
Work
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Adult Education instructor
Employment
  • College of Dupage
    Adjunct Faculty ESL, 2012 - present
  • Waubonsee Community College
    Adjunct Faculty ESL, 1991 - present
  • Computer Systems Institute
    Adjunct Faculty ESL, 2010 - 2012
  • USD 259
    Teacher, 1992 - 1998
    5th grade teacher for five years. ESL Teacher for two years
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Naperville, IL
Previously
Wichita, Kansas