Meet the RA Community Team
We have an excellent team of writers on the site, all of whom live with RA. The combination of personal experience and in-depth knowledge of the facts of RA make our team the cream of the RA crop! Between us, we have almost 100 years of experience of living with RA for you to tap into.
Do you want to know when a team member publishes a new post? If you want to get an e-mail notification of new posts by us or any other community member, click on the person's name and on the right-hand side of their profile, click on 'notify me when there are new posts'. If you want to unsubscribe, you click in the same place.
I am the Community Leader on this site. This means that in addition to writing posts, I'm sort of the official Mother Hen who keeps an eye on what's happening in our community and with individual users. My responsibilities include writing posts, answering your questions, talking to you if you're feeling down and much, much more. I have had RA since the age of four, giving me well over four decades of experience with this disease. I've used a power wheelchair since the age of 16, have a Masters degree in social work and live in Toronto, Canada (you can read more about my background in my profile). If you have any questions or concerns, please send me a message. If you think others may have the same question, please consider posting it in the Q&A section so the answers will be public and able to help more people in our community. I'd also encourage you to fill out your own profile to help the community get to know you better. Tell us where you live, what kind of health issues you're interested in, what type of medications you take and a couple of paragraphs about who you are.
The other members of our team are:
Lisa Emrich is a HealthCentral Expert, advocate, musician and blogger who lives with both RA and MS. She is committed to fostering knowledge and support of autoimmune diseases to facilitate empowerment. As well as writing for the RA Community, Lisa also writes for our MS and Obesity sites.
V is short for Vanessa. She is relatively new to RA, having been diagnosed only within the past two years, but is very active in our Q&A section, helping our community members with wise and knowledgeable answers to questions. Vanessa lives in Maryland with her husband and several cats.
Brad has lived with severe, aggressive RA for several years and uses a power wheelchair to get around outside his home. Brad has experience with SSD, adapting hobbies like woodworking to the needs of RA and is active in answering questions in our Q&A section. He lives in South Carolina with his wife and rescue dog Myah.
Leslie Rott has lived with a double whammy since 2008: RA and Lupus. She's a graduate student in sociology and lives in Michigan. She is committed to creating awareness about autoimmune disease in shares a story in the hope that she can be of help to others.
Carrie Beth Brown has had fibromyalgia and Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease since college and added RA to the mix in 2005. She has a background in art, design and marketing and lives in Georgia with her husband and a house full of rescue dogs and cats. Carrie Beth is committed to sharing her story to help others and raise awareness about RA.
Thank you for joining our community! We look forward to getting to know you. You can reach us here on the site and on our Facebook page.