Patient Stories


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”


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”

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rimma 2001 USA

“Medical internship. A time for 90 hour work weeks. A time for putting into practice all my medical school book-learning. A time for no sleep. And a time for phone calls from Mom. "What do”

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

Emma 2001 USA

“From the age of seven, I set my heart on being a dancer. There was just something about it that captured my interest, and I soon fell in love with the magic of the stage.”

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rafael & Joan 2000

“Rafael, a psychology professor, began with symptoms around February 2000. At that time he had severe wrist pain alternating on both sides that would last 15-30 minutes at a time. It would recur at odd”


Mary 2000 USA

“I was diagnosed with Diffuse Scleroderm June of 1999. I was hardening inside and out quickly and by Feburary of 2000 I was bedridden, unable to walk barley ten steps and scared! My face, legs,”