Patient Stories

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Susan 2002 USA

“I was diagnosed with RA in the spring of 1996. I felt kind of tired and had very mild body aches. I had trouble with achilles tendonitis, but I attributed that to my gym work-outs.”

Scleroderma

Judy 2002 NZ

“Before I moved to New Zealand I had been living in New York for 14 years. I had a good job there and good friends in a city that I loved. Phil and I met”

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Dina 2002

“It all started when I was 9. I would have unidentified fevers, tiredness, and chills. After this I developed sinus allergies and sore throats. Then at 19, I got mono , that would not go”

Lupus, Sjogren’s Syndrome

Sheila 2002 USA

“My story begins in 1988. I was a single mother, very active. I became quite ill with what seemed like the flu. I was still bedridden after two weeks of the onset and was starting”

Lupus

Sarah 2002 USA

“This is long, but I'm a writer at heart, sorry! Hi, I am 33 yr old mother of two from California. I had Lupus full blown about 7 years. Previous to that, I had eating”

Psoriatic Arthritis

John 2002 USA

“I think this story section is a wonderful idea- I found the life stories in Henry Scammell's book tremendously inspiring and comforting, and read them over and over during my first months on the antibiotic”

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Father Andrew 2002 ENG

“My move to a new house meant the need to decorate. I'd always considered myself reasonably fit and active, so the aches that developed whilst doing the painting and papering I passed off as nothing”

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

Michael, Quinn & Connor 2002 USA

“The basketball game, bicycle ride, and dreams of being a fighter pilot all started to fade into the past for our then 7-year-old son. The pain actually began one year earlier when he was in”

Polymyositis

Dex 2002 USA

“In April of 2002, I developed a bout of nausea that was unlike any other I'd experienced, leading to whole body weakness and a host of feelings that I can't really describe and shudder to”

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Martha 2001 USA

“One year ago I was having trouble walking. My right hand was curled into a ball and my fingers shifted to the side, my left hand was starting to follow the right. I could not”