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About nine years ago, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and thought my life was over. From the beginning, I felt lost and alone, depressed and upset, but years passed and I learned how to adapt to a new type of life living with constant and excruciating pain. I had difficulty walking and sleeping – I could barely hold a pencil to write. So while the pain was persistent, thinking about the many people who relied upon me helped me endure.

In recent times I lost my health insurance and had no coverage for my medications. The pain grew worse – some days I couldn’t even cover myself with a blanket, let alone get dressed or help my children do the same. But in February 2016, I was able to reinstate my health insurance and resumed my medication. But even with the medication, my hands and wrists swelled and my fingers were stiff, and I became easily fatigued. This loss of function has led to concern about performing the functions required to keep my new job.

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June 21, 2016

Here’s some information about the clinical study that I’ve been accepted into:

June 28, 2016

Great week at work! Helped a lot of people and learned more about advocating for my clients. Learned a lot about equity in the healthcare system and how to work for change in the community.

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August 8, 2016

It was great to hear you on KBOO radio's "Mujeres Bravas" today! I support you in the stem cell treatment you need funding for and I hope you and all people suffering from this horrible disease can benefit from this treatment and live the pain-free life you so deserve!

Janna Stephens

June 29, 2016

Si, se puede, Ana! Pura vida!

Sheila Gibbons