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Patient Stories

Hope, empowerment, and the journey to find balance.

Patient Spotlight

Regina’s Stand Against Step Therapy

Regina’s Stand Against Step Therapy Finding the right treatment for chronic disease can take years of suffering through symptoms. When patients and their doctors do find the treatment that works, the worst thing that can happen is losing access and being back at square one.  After three stable, healthful years using Rituxan to manage lupus […]
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Listening to the little things

Most people don’t consider minor irritations like aches, pains, or itches a reason to go to the doctor. Matthew, a highly active hiker, didn’t think twice about his itchy scalp, a “normal” condition that comes and goes. “You don’t think that is anything serious,” Mattew said. And really, why would you? But the truth is […]
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The Best Crohn’s Treatment Is What Works for Each Patient

Jarrad was just 12 years old when he was officially diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Now in his 40s, he has been managing this disease for most of his life. When he was first diagnosed, the treatment options were much more limited, and what his doctors recommended didn’t work to alleviate his symptoms. Growing up with […]
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It Just Takes One Story

In July of 2017, Peter Morley gave himself an unusual birthday gift: a trip to the United States Capitol. As the country awaited the Senate’s vote on the “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Peter made the first of many trips to Washington D.C. to share his story and highlight the importance of […]
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Do What You Can as You Are Able

Lyndsay Carder has a talent for making things beautiful. After nearly a decade of battling a variety of health issues that culminated in a diagnosis of Hashimoto’s disease, a chronic autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks the thyroid, Lyndsay has found some balance between family and her need for creative expression. A mom […]
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Knitting a community of hope together

Previously diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Juana was still feeling really ill. She went to her doctor, where her blood was drawn and she was told to go home because, “she didn’t look sick.” Her labs would be ready the next day, but something inside told Juana to stay and demand her lab results that […]
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Amanda’s journey back to the bright side

Bright, colorful, zest-for-life Amanda had been seeing a neurologist for pinched nerves, and none of the standard treatments were helping. This prompted a deeper look with x-rays, which revealed the source of her extreme and constant pain, multiple sclerosis (MS). Like so many people diagnosed with a chronic, autoimmune condition, Amanda had no idea what […]
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