Women with rheumatoid disease is an online community for women with rheumatoid disease. It is run by Sarah and Lisa, who have both been living with rheumatoid disease for over 15 years.
Why rheumatoid disease and not rheumatoid arthritis?
Rheumatoid disease is more than 'just arthritis'.
It is a systemic autoimmune disease that has no cure.
People often confuse rheumatoid disease with osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is the 'wear and tear' form of arthritis that many people experience as they age.
Rheumatoid is different. The immune system attacks the body, causing painful, swollen joints, bone erosion, fatigue, brain fog, and even inflammation in internal organs.
Confusing these two common forms of arthritis makes life difficult for people with rheumatoid, who may be ignorantly labeled as 'lazy' or 'faking it'.
Many patients already say 'rheumatoid disease', as do some doctors.
Why the focus on women?
Women are disproportionately affected by autoimmune disorders. 75% of rheumatoid patients are female.
What's with the butterflies?
The purple ribbon and the blue butterfly are symbols of rheumatoid disease. Butterflies also symbolize hope, change and transformation.
By wearing butterflies we can spark positive, constructive conversations about what it's like to live with rheumatoid disease.
Our goal is to raise awareness and dispel the myths surrounding the condition.
We cover the cost of running the women with rheumatoid disease community by selling our butterfly pins.
Help us to raise rheumatoid awareness. Wear your butterfly pin with pride.