Patient Stories

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Karen 2007 USA

“I live in Southern California and was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at 33 years old. I grew up very healthy and active. I rarely got sick as a child. I was involved in softball, ballet”

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Pallavi 2007

“My symptoms started in October 2006. I had what I thought was a sprained shoulder, which went away in a couple days & only to be replaced with pain in my wrists. This process of”


TS (Mom of boy) 2007 USA

“I am the mother of an eight-year-old boy who on April 2007 was diagnosed with Systemic Scleroderma. We have been trying to figure out what is wrong with him since May 2006. This is just”

Palindromic RA

Lyn 2007 AU

“In 1987, at the age of 35, I developed intermittent, sudden, searing pain in my wrists, sometimes one, sometimes both. The wrist and hands would become excruciatingly painful to move and very tender to touch.”


Mary P. 2007 USA

“July of 2007 was my one year anniversary on AP, and also, on being diagnosed with aggressive, diffuse scleroderma. I figured it had started months before I was diagnosed (but didn't clinically meet the criteria),”

Rheumatoid Arthritus

Melinda 2006

“It's been a year now since I learned that I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. I remember those dark weeks of depression and despair very well. Being just smart enough to get myself into trouble, I had”

Lupus (SLE)

Shirley 2006

“Thanks to the antibiotic therapy i started nine yeays ago for my disease is well controled,and this is without any side effects. I am forever greatful.”

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Joy 2006

“My wife made this for me, I told her that this was how I felt inside my body ..”

Mixed Connective Tissue Disease

Diane 2006 USA

“The first sign of change in my system occurred in February, 2004, and it was the onset of Raynaud's Syndrome in my fingers, which makes the fingertips white and numb. It is often triggered in”

Psoriatic Arthritis

HW 2006

“I began having pain in my hands and feet, several years ago, that appeared overnight. I'm in my thirties and had been a professional athlete and was active. I attributed my pains to the violent”