Rheumatoid Arthritis Athlete Completes First Triathlon

Rheumatoid Arthritis Athlete Completes First Triathlon

Dina Neils, a competitive athlete living with rheumatoid arthritis, completed her first triathlon two weeks ago at Rancho Seco Park in Northern California. After the race we caught up with her and she called it the proudest and greatest accomplishment of her life. As an RA warrior battling the symptoms of arthritis, she knows firsthand the pain and trauma arthritis causes, but even after living with the disease for over ten years and two hip replacement surgeries, she is still as motivated to never let it take her life away.

She finished the triathlon strong, proving to herself, and everyone she inspires, that you can do anything you set your mind to; arthritis doesn’t have to be a setback. Dina has a full schedule ahead of her and will continue to race for the Arthritis National Research Foundation’s Racing For a Cure Team to raise money for arthritis research. To join her and the Racing For A Cure team please visit https://curearthritis.org/Racing-For-A-Cure

Be sure to check out the spotlight article on Dina and her journey with RA here: https://curearthritis.org/dina-neils-runs-circles-rheumatoid-arthritis/

Dina Neils – Rheumatoid Arthritis Athlete Completes First Triathlon!
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Arthritis National Research Foundation

The Arthritis National Research Foundation's mission is to provide initial research funding to brilliant, investigative scientists with new ideas to cure arthritis and related autoimmune diseases. Writing articles about the patients affected and the science being done to find a cure shows why we need to come together to #CureArthritis!

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    Posted at 13:27h, 29 September Reply

    Congratulations on completing your first tri. Hopefully you will have many more to come and that your RA condition will benefit from being active. My husband is in RA remission-he swims, rides bikes and hikes with me and being active helps considerably! A question- do you race Para-triathlete since your condition is recognized by the para-triathlete governing board. Just wondering. Kudos to you if you chose not to!

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    Brandi O'Brien
    Posted at 16:00h, 28 April Reply

    I am a 36 year old with type 1 diabetes, asthma, sjogren’s syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis. I define myself as a triathlete and marathoner. There are bad days and good days and kudos to Dina for maintaining her positive spirit. I never race as a para-triathlete because i about race when I’m feeling 100% and I’m competitive in my non para age group. I take it as a blessing I can still race this way.

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