Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is one of two common forms of arthritis that plague the human population today. There are hundreds of variations of arthritis, however, the common symptoms are joint pain, swelling and redness around the joints, as well as the loss of joint function. RA is considered an autoimmune disease, caused by the inflammation of the joint lining, and resulting in bone, ligament and muscle damage.
I found this very inspiring article from the site LifeScript, which describes how an immunologist deals with her own battles with RA.
As a teenager, Katherine Molnar-Kimber was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an inflammatory autoimmune disease that causes painful swelling and stiffness in the joints, fever and fatigue. Then, 10 years ago, a debilitating flare inspired her to apply her Ph.D. in immunology to learning more about RA. In this Lifescript exclusive, Molnar-Kimber shares what she knows now about rheumatoid arthritis treatments…
Katherine Molnar-Kimber, Ph.D., a retired research associate professor from the University of Pennsylvania, didn’t let a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis at age 14 stop her from living life.
She loves the outdoors and managed flares with hiking, yoga and swimming.
But 10 years ago, at 48, her symptoms of RA suddenly got worse, and standard therapies no longer worked.”
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Wow, what an information-packed article with valuable take-aways of golden nuggets! If you suffer from RA and haven’t read this article yet, I highly recommend that you do. Not only is it inspiring, especially coming from someone who is dealing with her own bouts of rheumatoid arthritis, but it’s very, very informative because she is an immunologist.