Dr. Vikas Majithia with a patient with rheumatoid arthritis.

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Kelly Rice

“I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in July of last year and am still having a hard time wrapping my head around it. One of the hardest things is taking all the medications I need, when I barely took anything before. I also struggle with having to quit my factory job; I am not used to not being able to work. People, even family, think you’re either faking it or they hear rheumatoid arthritis and don’t understand what it means.”


Heather Walker, who was diagnosed with a rheumatic disease after noticing a synovial cyst on her hand.

Heather Walker

“My first symptom of rheumatic disease was a bump on my right hand. It turned out to be a synovial cyst.”


Priscilla McKenney

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


Jane Songhurst

“I have Anklyosing Spondylitis and every joint in my body is affected.”


Three rheumatologists from the labs at Emory University

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