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Psoriatic Arthritis Story Richard Kandalec

Even With Psoriatic Arthritis, Richard Kandalec Always Finds A Way

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.”

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Story Cindy Lane Ross

Defeating Rheumatoid Arthritis With Fitness & Nutrition

It’s hard to believe that Cindy Lane Ross has been dealing with serious health issues most of her life. A fitness instructor and nutritionist, she owns a 12,000-square-foot fitness center with 14 personal trainers, plus two fitness clothing lines (including one for joint support at medicalfitnesssolutions.com), a website design company, and online fitness and nutrition program (cindylaneross.com). She also regularly appears in nutrition and fitness segments on the local Fox station in her hometown of Mobile, Ala.

Cindy, now 37, was diagnosed at 22 with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), was nearly 100 pounds overweight at one point, and recently was ­diagnosed with osteoporosis. With each new challenge, she steps up and takes control.

She played professional tennis until she was diagnosed with RA. “My tennis career came to a screeching halt,” Cindy says. “I was depressed and had no clue what I wanted to do with my life.” The pounds crept on, accelerating during the four years she cared for her mother. When her mother died in 2006, Cindy, at 5 feet, 6 inches tall, topped the scales at 220.

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