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Team PLC

Team PLC

This is the second of two profiles this month of people who are sharing their experiences as members of the Arthritis Foundation’s Patient Leadership Council (PLC). Learn how to apply to join the PLC at the end of this post. By Laura Genoves The Patient Leadership Council (PLC) was formed by the Arthritis Foundation in 2017.  I have been fortunate to serve as a member of this diverse group of individuals from across the country since its inception. In the days before COVID-19 (remember those days?) I would volunteer in person at my local Arthritis Foundation Office in Seattle once or twice a ...more
Cristina Schaefer

Cristina Schaefer

Cristina Schaefer is a Chronic Strength Champion, which means she doesn’t just take control of her pain — she battles back. Read to learn how Cristina has found ways to overcome her rheumatoid arthritis. Seventeen years ago, my life changed when I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. As someone who had always been active and athletic, the diagnosis hit me like a ton of bricks. Some days, I’d wake up with my elbows completely locked in a bent position, or my knees would lock when I’d stand. After a few years on biologic treatments, I was able to live, work and ...more
Katie Roberts

Katie Roberts

Katie Roberts is a Chronic Strength Champion, which means she doesn’t just take control of her pain — she battles back. Read to learn how Katie has found ways to overcome her psoriatic arthritis. When I was 17, I was told I wouldn’t live to see my 21st birthday. My immune system and vital organs were taking a hit from the impacts of psoriatic arthritis — a condition I’d already battled for many years. And over the last three decades, I’ve had no choice but to learn how to not only manage my condition, but also to live a full life. Like ...more
Make Time for Mindful Movement

Make Time for Mindful Movement

By Rebecca Gillett, MS OTR/L, Live Yes! With Arthritis Podcast Co-host | Sept. 1, 2021 When you live with arthritis, you know pain can be a daily occurrence or a regular state. But this month, Pain Awareness Month, we must raise awareness to others about the debilitating pain arthritis can bring and how it can affect our ability to do the things we want, need and love to do. By raising awareness about arthritis, we can advocate for our health care needs and advance research for better treatments — and eventually a cure. It’s also a time to take a hard look ...more
FDA Strengthens Warnings for Xeljanz, Olumiant and Rinvoq

FDA Strengthens Warnings for Xeljanz, Olumiant and Rinvoq

By Jill Tyrer | Sept. 3, 2021 The Food and Drug Administration has issued warnings about the use of tofacitinib (Xeljanz and Xeljanz XR) as well as baricitinib (Olumiant) and upadacitinib (Rinvoq). All three belong to a medication class called Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitors and are used to treat arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. A large, randomized safety clinical trial compared the use of tofacitinib for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) with a different type of drug, called tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors. Results showed a higher risk of heart-related problems, including heart attack, stroke, as well as cancer, blood clots and death with ...more
From Patient to Patient Leader: Every Voice Counts

From Patient to Patient Leader: Every Voice Counts

We are spotlighting two people this month who are sharing their experiences as members of the Arthritis Foundation’s Patient Leadership Council (PLC). Learn how to apply to join the PLC at the end of this post. By Sarah Cloud | Sept. 1, 2021 An arthritis diagnosis can be one of surprise and acceptance or one of absolute fear. It all depends on what words precede the word “arthritis” and how your health care provider may explain and support your diagnosis. As someone who was diagnosed at the age of 19 with osteoarthritis and then as a mom who heard the phrase, “I think ...more
Tonya Horton

Tonya Horton

Tonya Horton is a Chronic Strength Champion, which means she doesn’t just take control of her pain — she battles back.  Read to learn how Tonya has found ways to overcome her osteoarthritis. I’ll never forget the surprised look on my new doctor’s face when she entered the examination room four years ago. “I wasn’t expecting to see you,” she said. “Your X-rays show the knees of a 70-year-old woman.” Yes, my osteoarthritis diagnosis was a surprise. But it shouldn’t have been. Osteoarthritis (OA) disproportionately impacts women — especially women of color. It isn’t uncommon for a Black woman like me to ...more
How to Find Trusted Arthritis Info

How to Find Trusted Arthritis Info

By Arefa Cassoobhoy, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Editor, VP Medical Affairs, Everyday Health Group Hello everyone! My name is Dr. Arefa Cassoobhoy, and I’m honored to be the guest expert on Episode 41: “Finding Trusted Arthritis Info” of the Live Yes! With Arthritis Podcast. I’m an internal medicine doctor and the chief medical editor at Everyday Health, a digital health information site. My No. 1 priority in this role is for people like you to be well-informed as you make decisions and take action along your health journey each and every day. The key in providing quality health information is to create ...more
August 2021 Arthritis News Roundup

August 2021 Arthritis News Roundup

The Arthritis Foundation is your trusted source for arthritis-related news and COVID updates that affect people with arthritis. Here’s a wrap-up of the headlines from this past month. The Latest in COVID-19 News and Arthritis FDA Gives Full Approval for Pfizer COVID Vaccine The FDA approved the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on August 23, the first vaccine against the novel coronavirus to receive full approval. The vaccine is still under emergency use authorization (EUA) for adolescents ages 12 to 15. It will be marketed as Comirnaty and is authorized for use in individuals ages 16 and older to prevent COVID-19. FDA and CDC Advisory Committee Recommend Third Doses of mRNA ...more
Sachi Arya

Sachi Arya

Sachi Arya is a Chronic Strength Champion, which means he doesn’t just take control of his pain — he battles back.  Read to learn how Sachi has found ways to overcome his osteoarthritis. I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard the doctor say it. “You have osteoarthritis.” At the time, I was 43. Sure, I didn’t exercise regularly and didn’t think much about joint health, but I thought I was too young to be diagnosed with arthritis. Even though I had severe knee pain and could barely climb the stairs, I was sure it had to be something other than ...more