Dr. Vikas Majithia with a patient with rheumatoid arthritis.

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Priscilla McKenney kayaks and mountain climbs despite rheumatoid arthritis.

Priscilla McKenney

“It has been one big experiment since 1983 when I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) at age 23. I was just launching my career as a mountaineering instructor and had sights on climbing Mt. Denali. I didn’t listen to the doctors saying that I had to give those dreams up to adopt a sedentary lifestyle. I had to walk through a lot of pain to continue on my outdoor lifestyle and career. It has been a journey to find what works for me regarding the management of inflammation and taming the autoimmune system, the root cause of my pain.”


Melissa Young

“My kids distract me while I do my injections.”


Sarah Cordrick

"I feel relatively decent most days, but I haven't gotten to a place where I can work out, run or even lift weights again."


Kasey Gardiner, an RA patient

Kasey Gardiner

“About 9 months after my rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis, I went into remission. Then, a lump the size of a softball appeared on my chest."


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

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