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Raising Awareness of Rheumatoid Arthritis / Rheumatoid Disease

Kelly O'Neill
1 minute
September 2, 2020
September 16, 2020

Raising Awareness of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or rheumatoid disease (RD) affects about one percent of the population worldwide. With a strong genetic component, family members are at even higher risk. And yet few are aware of the true nature of this systemic disease that can affect almost any part of the body.

As this brief public service announcement (PSA) explains, RA is a serious and painful disease. It causes permanent disability and even increases mortality. The time has come for raising awareness of RA.

While there is still no cure for the disease, early testing, diagnosis and treatment can lead to improved outcomes, including possible remission. imaware™ is dedicated to raising awareness about RA and reducing the number of people who are affected by the disease, but undiagnosed.

We hope that this PSA will help increase awareness of the simple facts about RA so that as many people as possible can be treated early and live a long, healthy life.

Summarizing the Video

Hi I’m Kelly from Over the past decade, I’ve communicated with more people with rheumatoid arthritis—in person and online—than anyone has before.

I’ve written more than a thousand articles and a best-selling book on RD. Rheumatoid arthritis has been referred to many times in medical journals as rheumatoid disease.

RA, or RD as many prefer, is a systemic disease that can attack almost any part of the body. It can cause damage and severe pain in any joint. But arthritis is just one symptom.

RD is a serious disease that causes disability and increased mortality.

If you know someone who has RD, I hope you will educate yourself about it and lend a hand when you can. Try to be empathetic—things are usually tougher for them than you know.

And if anyone in your family has RD, consider being tested for the disease. The antibodies are often present long before symptoms are obvious. And early treatment is much more effective.

Thank you and be well.

Kelly O'Neill of

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Kelly O'Neill
President, Rheumatoid Patient Foundation

My life turned upside down in 2006 with sudden disability due to onset of RA, an autoimmune disease that attacks joints and organs. Over the last few years, I’ve educated myself through medical journals, conversations with patients and healthcare professionals, polls and blogs. My experiences have enabled me to add humor and compassion to accuracy in my writing.