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Living in the present: Women's everyday experiences of living with rheumatoid arthritis
Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, Australia.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Division of Occupational Therapy. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Neuro and Inflammation Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Rheumatology.
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2015 (English)In: SAGE Open, ISSN 2158-2440, E-ISSN 2158-2440, Vol. 5, no 4, 1-13 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article presents the findings from a qualitative research project exploring eight women’s experiences of living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Through semistructured interviews, the women provided insights into the physical, emotional, and social impacts of RA and the “work” involved in negotiating its influence in the everyday life. In narrating their experiences of adapting to RA, the women express a common desire for “normalcy,” to return to a time and space before the disruption of RA. The women’s accounts also emphasized the interrelatedness between bodily experience and constructions of self, highlighting the corporeal nature of RA and the constant shaping and reshaping of personal meanings and values.

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Sage Publications, 2015. Vol. 5, no 4, 1-13 p.
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arthritis, disability, lived body, women, qualitative research
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-128178DOI: 10.1177/2158244015616163OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-128178DiVA: diva2:929767
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