Dear Editor of Arthritis Today,
Two months ago to the day, I wrote an Open Letter To Arthritis Today in which I asked your publication to please provide more visibility of men living with arthritis. I had just reviewed the archive issues that were available on the Arthritis Foundation website, and was unable to find a man on the cover – even though men comprise 41% of the general arthritis population in the United States.
Within a matter of hours, you responded with “Be sure to check out the cover of our next issue (available mid- to late October). I think you’ll like it.” [Response From Arthritis Today] Your quick response sounded promising, and I could not wait to see what was in store for the upcoming issue of Arthritis Today.
Yesterday, I decided to visit the Arthritis Today website in order to see if any information was available on the November-December 2009 issue. I was happy to see not only a man – but a man living with rheumatoid arthritis – on the cover!
Matthew C. Iseman (born January 22, 1971 in Denver, Colorado, USA) is a U.S. comedian, actor, and television host, who began his career as a physician. He was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2002, at age 31.
More Info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Iseman
Thank you so much for starting to provide more visibility of men living with rheumatoid arthritis. I look forward to similar features that your publication might publish in the future!
Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy