Meaghan Victory grew up in an active family that spent their summers camping and hiking, and winters in the snowy mountains next to their Issaquah, Washington home.
When she was around eight years old, Meaghan was involved in a sledding accident and sprained her right wrist. For six months after the accident, the pain in her wrist never went away. While on vacation in the summer, her mother was putting sunscreen on her arm and noticed Meaghan in significant pain. Unsure of what was going on, her pediatrician referred Meaghan to Seattle Children’s Hospital where she was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at the young age of nine years old. Continue reading Champion of Yes: Meaghan Victory Uses Patient Experience to Propel Nursing Career Dreams→
As a three-time Super Bowl winner, Mark Schlereth is no stranger to a little pain. He played guard in the NFL for 12 seasons (1989–2000) with the Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos, and after a series of nasty injuries cut his professional football career short, Mark began fighting his toughest opponent – osteoarthritis.
Now retired from football, Mark, tells his story in the November/December issue of Arthritis Today magazine.
“You can’t feel sorry for yourself,” says Mark. “When things don’t go the way you planned, you’ve got to keep fighting.”
Mark’s upbeat worldview and belief that quitting is never an option shone through during his photo shoot last month. And that positive attitude, he says, has always helped.
These days, he has good and bad days for pain, although bending his knees is always painful and his back gives him trouble, especially after sitting for extended periods. Yoga and working out on the elliptical help when he’s feeling bad.
“I come from a family of incredibly hard workers,” he says. “If I complained as a kid about somebody getting lucky, my father would stop me mid-sentence and say, ‘The harder you work, the luckier you get.’”