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
We know, it sounds like a crazy question. But some people say they’ve found unexpected reasons to actually be grateful for their diagnosis. Here’s what three bloggers wrote.
Continue reading Voices: Are You Grateful for Your Arthritis?
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