When rheumatoid arthritis patient and fashion designer Michael Kuluva approached Eileen Davidson to help design a T-shirt to promote arthritis awareness, she embraced her own ‘fierce fight’ to help inspire and support others.
“Before I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, I didn’t really think about the way heat could impact my body and mind,” says Eileen Davidson, a rheumatoid arthritis patient. “But RA changed all of that that.
When I was diagnosed with this chronic illness at age 29, I was expecting joint pain. I didn’t expect to feel like I was hit by an 18-wheeler.
Telling anyone they are too young to live with a condition is more inflammatory than it is reassuring or supportive.
First: Rheumatoid arthritis is not just ‘arthritis.’