Patient Stories

MAGIC syndrome (Behcet’s, relapsing polychondritis)

Anne 2005 USA

“If someone had told me 5 years ago that I would be diagnosed with a rare, life-threatening illness, I wouldn't have believed it. If someone had told me a year later when I suddenly became”

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Paula 2005 USA

“Nine months ago I started to have some serious pain in my shoulder and left arm. Sharp shootings pain that would intensify as the evenings wore on. Finally I drove myself to the hospital at”

Ankylosing Spondylitis

Debbie 2005 USA

“I am 47 years old. I have had unexplained back pain since my early 20's. For many years I just lived with it after being told by countless doctors I DID NOT have arthritis. Then”

Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Connie 2005 USA

“My daughter had been a competitive swimmer since age 6. Throughout that time, she dealt with chronic sinusitis and feelings of complete exhaustion at times, but nothing that she didn't overcome with a day or”

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Charlotte 2005 USA

“If I had only listened to that little voice and demanded Minocycline be prescibed in January 2000, I might have avoided five years of pain and damage! I read everything I could find on RA”

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Martha M. 2005 USA

“My story starts in 1993 just two months after I had buried my only son BJ. I was in a terrible depression and barely noticed the physical aches and pains that came on slowly. When”

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Leslie 2005 USA

“I "had" rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Ever since I was diagnosed March 1999, I have been like a sponge, soaking up everything I could get my hands on about this disease. I wanted my health back.”

Dermatomyositis

Liesl (Lee) 2005 USA

“My story was featured in the RB Intercessor a few years ago... Liesl Dutro, Dermatomyositis currently 37 years of age. My first symptoms 6appeared in July of 1996 and I was diagnosed with Dermatomyositis in”

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Susan 2005 USA

“Just wanted to update everyone on how I am doing after 13 months. I wrote a six month report on this list titled "my journey back". At that six month period I started to do”

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Anita 2005

“I pursued AP treatment because I had no hope anywhere else, and I was dying. I was diagnosed with a severe case of RA when I was 19 years old, was started on aspirin, then”