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5 Things People With RA Want You to Know

5. "RA affects your whole family."

Joy Ross, 26, was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and inflammation of the eye, or uveitis, at age 3. Along with joint problems, she had serious vision damage and went blind in 2008. That same year her two young daughters, now ages 9 and 12, were diagnosed with RA.

“It was so scary when I learned that they had the same genetic disease that cost me my vision,” says Ross, who lives in Portland, OR.

Today, though, Ross says she and her girls are thriving, thanks in part to help from her husband, George.

“He gives all three of us shots and helps out with, well, just about everything,” she says. “This disease takes a toll on every person in a family.”

It’s great to lend a hand to a person with RA, Ross says. But consider offering help to their partner or kids, too.

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Reviewed on March 26, 2015

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