Patient Stories

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Heather 2005 ENG

“i was a publican running a busy county inn in northumberland england,in july of 2001 i felt so worn out but had to keep going as it was the year of the foot and mouth,and”

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”