RA Is Not “arthritis”: a PSA on Rheumatoid Arthritis | Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior

RA Is Not “arthritis”: a PSA on Rheumatoid Arthritis

RA is not "arthritis" PSA video

Not syrupy sweet, but a Public Service Announcement on Rheumatoid Arthritis

This video was not created to encourage patients, so it’s not all warm and fuzzy. Rather, this video is a short public service announcement with a distinct purpose: To tell the public that Rheumatoid Arthritis is a disease that is distinct from “arthritis” (what’s now called osteoarthritis or OA).

Did you ever want to tell the world that RA is not the same as their elderly grandmother’s arthritis? Did you ever feel like commercials make RA treatment look easy? Ever want to tell the world it’s not? Now’s our chance!

Mission Possible

I hope you’ll watch the video, but you probably already know the truth about RA. If this is important to you, please help broaden our reach! As a video gets more popular, it shows up when people search for information on RA.

  • We can each post the video on our Facebook or Twitter page once in a while.
  • If you have a blog of your own, feel free to embed the video there. (The copyright for the text and the music is all included so don’t worry about anything.)
  • After you watch it here, you can watch it on YouTube & press LIKE there to increase its rating.
  • You can also use the email this post button below to send this page to someone.

There are a couple of more PSA’s in the works already, but I’d love to hear your ideas about what we should tell the world next!

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Kelly O'Neill

Kelly O'Neill (formerly Kelly Young) has worked about 12 years as an advocate helping patients to be better informed and have a greater voice in their healthcare. She is the author of the best-selling book Rheumatoid Arthritis Unmasked: 10 Dangers of Rheumatoid Disease. Kelly received national acknowledgement with the 2011 WebMD Health Hero award. She is the president of the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation. Through her writing and speaking, she builds a more accurate awareness of rheumatoid disease (RD) aka rheumatoid arthritis (RA) geared toward the public and medical community; creates ways to empower patients to advocate for improved diagnosis and treatment; and brings recognition and visibility to the RA patient journey. In addition to RA Warrior, she writes periodically for newsletters, magazines, and websites. There are over 60,000 connections of her highly interactive Facebook page. You can also connect with Kelly on Twitter or YouTube, or LinkedIn. She created the hashtag: #rheum. Kelly is a mother of five, longtime home-schooler, NASA enthusiast, and NFL fan. She has lived over fourteen years with unrelenting RD. See also https:/rawarrior.com/kelly-young-press/

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83 thoughts on “RA Is Not “arthritis”: a PSA on Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • April 25, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Nothing to add to what others have said. … It’s such a pleasure to see you blogging, that’s all. And I SURE HOPE YOU GET YOUR WAY!

  • April 27, 2016 at 10:19 am

    I’ve just been diagnosed and I’m scared as hell. I’ve told some people and most have been supportive but I’ve already heard, “oh well, it’s only arthritis.” Ya. Thanks.


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