I Already Gave My Right Arm To Be Ambidextrous...Now Read My HIPS!

Now Read My HIPS! is returning very soon. My blog is currently under construction. I am doing some minor renovating and will begin blogging for the New Year, possibly before. I can't wait to start up again. I have missed all of my followers! I love every single one of you! You have helped me to become who I am today! I could never have continued my blog without all of your support. Please be patient, and please continue to support this blog as well as my other blog Chronically Mommy. Pass this information on to anyone that you know may be interested in knowing...To be continued...

I had my shoulder and both hips replaced, and I am changing things up a bit on this blog! I began belly dancing in 2010! Yes you read that correctly!! I am going to be blogging about my experience as a woman with several joint diseases and conditions who had her shoulder and both hips replaced who now belly dances and performs! I still have pain, but I want to blog about how I have fun too! Now Read My HIPS! Please read Chronically Mommy (chronicallymommy.blogspot.com) for info on health/pain.

Hi, I have avascular necrosis in my shoulders, hips, and knees, psoriatic arthritis, sjogren's, fibromyalgia, and hypermobility. I found out that I have autoimmune arthritis in my cervical spine and a bulging disk in my lumbar spine. Seven years ago my spine orthopaedic surgeon told me I had a small amount of autoimmune arthritis in my SI joint. The question still remains: Is the spinal involvement due to Psoriatic Spondylitis, which is a more severe form of Psoriatic Arthritis or is it a new diagnosis of Ankylosing Spondylitis? Whatever the diagnosis, the treatment will remain the same. I had my left hip replaced in 2003 & my right shoulder replaced in March of 2010. I literally gave my right arm to be ambidextrous! LOL! Lastly, I had my right hip replaced on May 10th, 2012.

I began belly dancing. Yes that's correct! I began belly dancing in 2010, so now it is time to "read my hips." Pain is still another part of my life. It is just a question of when, where and how much, but I would like to use this blog to write about my experience as a woman with several joint diseases and conditions who had both hips and a shoulder replaced and now spends her free time belly dancing and performing! I belong to a dance troupe since February of 2014, Seshambeh Dance Company. I am dancing weekly with my troupe in an advanced class and on Saturdays with another class which focuses on exercise and being a strong woman. I am performing a lot more often now, at least 4 or 5 times per year! Join me in my journey!

At times, I take 16 to 20 pills a day. I go every 4 weeks to the to get a 2 hour IV for my autoimmune arthritis diseases. Just when one thing seems to be doing better, something else goes downhill! My attitude, however, is always going uphill! I am 42 years old, have been married 16 years, and my husband and I adopted Mick in Dec. of 2010! I have a lot on my plate right now, but I take it one moment at a time. I believe that God will never give me more than I can handle. However, I do need to learn to ask for help sometimes instead of always doing it by myself!



(Formerly "I Already Gave My Right Arm To Be Ambidextrous!")

Help, I need somebody,
Help, not just anybody,
Help, you know I need someone, help.

When I was younger, so much younger than today,
I never needed anybody's help in any way.
But now these days are gone, I'm not so self assured,
Now I find I've changed my mind and opened up the doors.

Help me if you can, I'm feeling down
And I do appreciate you being round.
Help me, get my feet back on the ground,
Won't you please, please help me.

And now my life has changed in oh so many ways,
My independence seems to vanish in the haze.
But every now and then I feel so insecure,
I know that I just need you like I've never done before.

Help me if you can, I'm feeling down
And I do appreciate you being round.
Help me, get my feet back on the ground,
Won't you please, please help me.

When I was younger, so much younger than today,
I never needed anybody's help in any way.
But now these daya are gone, I'm not so self assured,
Now I find I've changed my mind and opened up the doors.

Help me if you can, I'm feeling down
And I do appreciate you being round.
Help me, get my feet back on the ground,
Won't you please, please help me, help me, help me, oh.

Now Read My HIPS!

Now Read My HIPS!
Asmara "Beautiful Butterfly"

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Who Is Dana Morningstar?

First of all, I have my blogger name as Dana Morningstar. ""Morning Star" is actually the meaning of my first name "Dana."  A morning star is strong and bright! I think the name is very appropriate for my struggles with pain, disability and fatigue.  I have my Bachelor's degree in Nursing, and worked as a Diabetes Educator until my hip replacement in 2003.  I now dedicate my life to helping others with chronic pain and disability. I was the co-chair for the Young Professionals Group with the Georgia Chapter Arthritis Foundation, and I will soon be starting a support group in the Atlanta area after my training with Arthritis Introspectives. I blog about my journey with pain and getting a shoulder and hip replacements. I am part of several social networks where most of my friends have chronic pain, disability and fatigue like I do.

I have been asked to write my personal story for a pain website for patients-- www.painaction.com.  I wrote my Personal Story that was in the back pain and neuropathic pain areas.  The goal of the site was to encourage users to become better self-managers of their pain conditions.  The site was developed with funding from 4 grants from the National Institutes of Health.  At the time, it focused on back pain, neuropathic pain, and migraine pain. Within a few months of my article, the site received funding so it could add content on Arthritic pain. The website receives unrestricted educational grants from pharmaceutical companies to keep the site going.  They have no influence over the content, and it is totally non-branded and non-commercial.  

I had finished my training with IAAM (International Arthritis Autoimmune Arthritis Movement), and I had begun my volunteer work with them online. I have been in the process of training with AI (Arthritis Introspectives). My goal is to be able to make the young adult arthritis group in Atlanta able to reach all the needs of the young adults in the area. I want to have a support group (after the AI training is complete) and work with a mentorship program with children with autoimmune arthritis and young adults to help them to transition from being a kid into adult life easier. Also, I would like to work on education, as well as being a resource for young adults and children with autoimmune arthritis. I am so excited about all of this and can't wait to see how it all turns out and fits together.

The Arthritis Foundation Georgia Chapter suggested that I should be contacted  for a story about men and women with various arthritis ailments and how they function day-to-day with their conditions. This is for Arthritis Health Monitor, a patient education publication that is distributed in doctor's offices.

You can read the article online: Health Monitor

I also was contacted by the Arthritis Foundation National Office to make thank you videos as a patient advocate to all those who sent in their Everyday RA Victories. People shared everyday victories at everydayravictories.com

Coming this fall...you will see my son and myself in another Arthritis Foundation video. You will have to wait and see!!! I know you will just love it. It is worth the wait!

Please listen to my Blog Talk Radio Show with the same title: I Already Gave My Right Arm To Be Ambidextrous! Now my show is Chronically Mommy and Now Read My HIPS!http://www.blogtalkradio.com/danamorningstar


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