Patient Stories

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Fena 2002 USA

“I had a very sudden onset of ra in the fall of 1986. On a saturday, i ran my usual six mile run along the russian river in the california wine country. I developed severe”


Rita 2002 USA

“If anyone tells you that fibromyalgia is reserved for middle-aged women, who are having a hard time coping with the empty nest, tell them to "Go soak your head"! When my daughter, Jenn, was in”

CFIDS, FMS, MCS, EI, ES, Lyme, Raynauds

Rosemary 2002 AU

“Writing the story has been very difficult, I just could not put it down on paper what I have experienced so will give a brief outline with the chance to update later. So thrilled and”

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Timothy 2002 USA

“My wife suffered for almost two years with a very painful arthritis. Swelling in most joints, and constant pain. She was on prednisone, methatrexate, ibuprophen, tylenol, and had tried various other drugs. She started to”

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.”


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”


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”