As part of our vetting process for Arthritis by the Numbers – a collection of verified arthritis facts and figures – we invited patients to comment on the disease section that most affected their lives. After all, they are the experts on how the disease changes and challenges everyday living.
Meet Karen Lomas, 65, who works full-time as a nurse. Following, in her own words, is Karen’s story about living with psoriatic arthritis (PsA), which she was diagnosed with several years ago, and how the statistics she reviewed in Arthritis by the Numbers relate to her personally. Continue reading Nurse With Psoriatic Arthritis: “Take Care of Yourself”
Reality-star couple and Arthritis Foundation fundraisers Meg Maley, CBS’ “Big Brother” Season 17 houseguest and person with psoriatic arthritis (PsA), and Mike Holloway, winner of CBS’ “Survivor” Season 30, share the real deal of their experience dating with arthritis as the third wheel.
Continue reading Dating with Arthritis: Reality Couple Get ‘Real’ About What Works
For the most part, Dan Ortman is just like any other red-blooded, 28-year-old male. He’s ambitious and funny. He has goals and is determined. But one thing makes him unlike many of his peers – Dan has arthritis.
Continue reading Champion of Yes, Dan Ortman Raises More Than $100,000 to Conquer Arthritis
She is a healthy, energetic 26 year-old from the outside, but Meg Maley has been battling with psoriatic arthritis most of her life. In the summer of 2015, Meg had the opportunity to become a houseguest on the CBS reality show, “Big Brother.” Before and during the show, Meg kept her disease a secret, fearing the thought of others putting limitations on her. After the show ended, Meg decided to use her newly found platform as an opportunity to finally share her story of living with psoriatic arthritis.
Continue reading Meg Maley Uses “Big Brother” Experience to Share Arthritis Story
When now-Tai Chi for Health Senior Trainer and Medical Qigong instructor Bobby Calhoun first experienced arthritis symptoms in the 1980s, it was like a light switch turning on overnight.
“I just woke up one morning and I could hardly move,” she recalls. “I could barely get out of bed. I had to wiggle just my toes first.” Once Bobby was able to visit the doctor, she was given a general “arthritis” diagnosis and was prescribed Tylenol to deal with the pain.
At the time, Bobby, who was working for General Motors, had to perform repetitive standing and sitting at her work, and found that while the Tylenol somewhat dulled the pain, it did nothing to prevent the painful deterioration of her joints. Her whole life changed – pre-diagnosis, she had always been active, enjoying activities such as roller skating, downhill skiing and going to the gym, but then found that it was too painful to keep up her old lifestyle.
Continue reading Just Breathe: How Tai Chi Helped Bobby Calhoun Overcome Arthritis Pain
Psoriatic arthritis has created plenty of challenges for Richard Kandalec, but the 65-year-old has found ways to continue the outdoors activities he loves.
Kandalec was diagnosed with psoriasis in his early 30s. Embarrassed by the red, flaky skin patches, the Mentor, Ohio, resident often wore long sleeves, even in the summer and in the woodworking, welding and industrial arts classes he taught – which was risky because his clothes could catch on the machines.
When Kandalec learned a few years later that he also had psoriatic arthritis, he says, “It was tough.”
Continue reading Even With Psoriatic Arthritis, Richard Kandalec Always Finds A Way