Diagnosed in my 20s, I’ve had RA for over 30 years. I’ve been on several RA meds since then — from aspirin and gold shots — to currently enbrel and methotrexate.
By the time the biologics came on the scene, I already had joint damage, and have had foot surgery and both knees and both hips replaced.
I have been fortunate to have had health insurance most of these years, but I didn’t when I was first diagnosed. My job at the time didn’t offer health benefits, and it was quite overwhelming as a young adult, dealing with the pain and uncertainty of RA, and mounting medical bills.
Because of my personal experience, I deeply empathize with all those with chronic conditions that daily struggle with the challenges of living with diseases like RA, and the increasing cost of health care and health insurance. Therefore, I am a fervent supporter of health care reform that will provide affordable, quality health care for ALL Americans. RA no longer needs to be a crippling disease — recent treatment programs and medications can ward off disability — but only if there is access to affordable, quality health care.
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