Dr. Vikas Majithia with a patient with rheumatoid arthritis.

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Learn about current research aiming to improve the lives of these patients living with rheumatic disease with funding from the Rheumatology Research Foundation.


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Jessi Larson

Jessi wants others living with rheumatic disease to know that with appropriate diagnosis and treatment, they can feel better and have a great quality of life. “It was heartbreaking at times because I knew my potential was so high,” said Larson. “Honestly, I was happy with the diagnosis. To actually have answers as to why I was in pain. I felt so relieved after finding out and I’m a lot better now thanks to the medication that my rheumatologist prescribed.” 


Melanie Mullikin

"When I was practically crawling, I went to a rheumatologist who diagnosed me with severe rheumatoid arthritis."


Howard Joseph

"A few months after Ruth and I got engaged, complications from lupus put Ruth in the hospital."


Priscilla McKenney

“It has been a journey to find what works for me regarding the management of inflammation.”


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

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