This fierce Arthritis Warrior of Knoxville, Tennessee, has a fighting spirit.
“There are a lot of things I can’t do,” says Kristen McAllister. “I feel like my story doesn’t necessarily give hope.”
Kristen (center) in the hospital in 2015 with her brother and sister
As a child, Kristen felt constantly tired and feverish. At age 10, she had knee and hand surgery for painful joints. By 13, after consulting many doctors, she was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis, lupus and uveitis, an eye disease that can cause blindness.
At times, the pain was agonizing, and she often felt alone, even as her family rallied ...more