Holly Johnson

Patient Expert

Holly wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Latest by Holly Johnson

When Methrotrexate Makes You Sick(er)

One patient weighs the pros and cons of the side effects from methotrexate, including alopecia, nausea, and dizziness. Find out whether she decided that the side effects were worth the benefits that methotrexate provided — or not.

How True Love Pulled Me Through...

Sometimes I get so caught up in my own self-loathing and self-pity. I am too busy dwelling on the things I can no longer do and I am too busy throwing pity parties for myself to notice the truly important things. I forget one of the most important th...

A Letter to the Family of a Rheumatoid Arthritis Sufferer

Sometimes it is hard enough for us to understand our own suffering in the fight for rheumatoid arthritis, but for us to explain it to our family it almost an impossible task. Lately, I have been replaying my past journey with rheumatoid arthritis. It ...

The Blame Game

The Blame Game Oh the joys of rheumatoid arthritis and the guilt, depression, and the blame that comes with it. It’s called the blame game and I play it so well. I blame rheumatoid arthritis for the things I no longer can do. I blame my doctors for t...

Turning 30 and My Choice to Fight Rheumatoid Arthritis

This is not at all the way I had imagined my life. These are not the plans I had made for myself. I had plans and goals to accomplish and I just knew nothing would get in the way of my dreams. I was going to have it all Little did I know that I was g...

A letter to all the Rheumatoid Arthritis "Newbies"

A letter to all the Rheumatoid Arthritis "Newbies" I recently received an email in regards to someone who was doing research on rheumatoid arthritis. They asked me what I would want to know from my doctors regarding the disease, medications...

Walking proud with my cane!

Shortly after I found out I had rheumatoid arthritis I had to start using a cane to help with my mobility. I started using it a lot around my house, but knew that if I was ever going to get out of my house, I would have to use the cane in public as w...

Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis: How do you fight an incurable disease?

When I was first diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis I felt so helpless. As if having the disease wasn’t bad enough, knowing that it was incurable and that I would have to endure the pain it caused for the rest of my life was devastating. "I did...

Introducing Holly Johnson: A Young Mom with Rheumatoid Arthritis

"You have no medical reason to be having any symptoms." Hi, my name is Holly. I am 28 years old; I’ve been married for almost 10 years to my high school sweetheart and we have two very active boys. I also have severe rheumatoid arthritis. ...