Rheumatoid Arthritis

For JeanMarie, racing competitively wasn’t a focus from a young age, but unfortunately, having arthritis was. When she was eleven she was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis and now, at age 31, she also suffers from Uveitis, which is inflammation in the eye, and Sjogren’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disease that often results in decreased production of tears and saliva.

For Elizabeth Wald, jewelry isn’t just an accessory or adornment for beautification purposes. For her, jewelry has become a lifestyle. After leaving a career as a personal trainer, Elizabeth successfully launched an independent jewelery line in response to a rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia diagnosis a few years back.  Today, her mission is to decorate others with her designs while also spreading arthritis awareness.

When working in a profession where using one’s hands is required, arthritis can be tough, sometimes even unbearable.  For Johanna Ocasio-Heil, a 37 year old dentist and mother of two, arthritis has directly impacted her professionally and personally; hindering her career and causing her to struggle to keep up with her two young sons.
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