Dr. Vikas Majithia with a patient with rheumatoid arthritis.

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Andrea Christenson with her service dogs, which she trained to help her cope with psoriatic arthritis.



Andrea Christenson

“Before I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis and adult onset Still’s disease, a rheumatologist told me that I might need assistance walking or need to be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life. It was then that I looked into getting a service dog, and I eventually decided to train my own. My dogs are what force me to keep moving, even on the bad days.”


Christina Sunley

“After several years and five medications, I finally found a treatment that works for me.”


Elizabeth Edwards

“Rheumatoid arthritis runs in my family.”


Katherine Revel

“My rheumatologist ran blood work, which finally gave me an answer: mixed connective tissue disease.”


A young femaie holds the inflamed hands of a man with rheumatoid arthritis.

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