[Text on Screen] Meet Anne
I'm Anne. I'm 47 years old, and I've had rheumatoid arthritis for eight years.
[Text on Screen] Why did you decide to talk to us?
Not everyone with rheumatoid arthritis knows anybody else with rheumatoid arthritis, and I think it's important for people that have rheumatoid arthritis to realize it's a chronic illness but it's not something that defines who you are.
[Text on Screen] What were your initial symptoms?
Very slowly, my hands started to hurt, my wrists started to hurt, my feet started to hurt, walking became painful.
[Text on Screen] What was your turning point?
I remember being at the trailhead and putting on my hiking boots. The joints right above my toes were swollen quite a bit with rheumatoid arthritis, and they were actually excruciating to put on. And I literally had a moment of panic and took my hiking boots off right there on the trail. It really was a turning point in my life when I realized that one of the most important things in my life was being taken away from me by the rheumatoid arthritis.
[Text on Screen] How did you feel when you were diagnosed?
When I was at the doctor's and he told me I had moderate to severe RA, in a way it was a bit of a relief because I knew that something was seriously the matter, but I didn't know what it was—it didn't really have a name. So just to understand what it was that I had, kind of meant that I could progress because then we had kind of like a path to follow—you know, treatment options to pursue.
[Text on Screen] How did you feel about an injectable medicine?
So I take it every two weeks, it has to stay in the refrigerator so I try to write it on my calendar to remind myself that I have to take it. So it's not too bad.
[Text on Screen] Has your family been supportive?
I have a family. I have a husband and three cats. He's very supportive of the fact that I have rheumatoid arthritis and when I first had the disease, he was just a real rock in my life and really helped me, you know, come to grips with having a chronic illness. So I think he's also very excited that I'm able to represent people with rheumatoid arthritis.
[Text on Screen] Does HUMIRA have a support network?
They have nurses that you can talk to if you have questions about how to do your injection, or if you wonder if you're having a side effect, or questions about any of the side effects that may happen. They also have a copay assistance program, which I've utilized myself.
[Text on Screen] What do your boots mean to you?
These boots mean adventure to me. I have gone to the coolest places in these boots—they're kind of like my ticket to ride. Yeah, these boots and I have a long history.
[Text on Screen] Safety Considerations
[Voice Over and Text on Screen] HUMIRA can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. Serious, sometimes fatal events, such as infections, lymphoma, or other types of cancer, have happened. Blood, liver and nervous system problems, serious allergic reactions, and new or worsening heart failure have occurred. Before starting HUMIRA, your doctor should test you for TB. Ask your doctor if you live in or have been to a region where certain fungal infections are common. Tell your doctor if you have had TB, hepatitis B, are prone to infections, or have symptoms such as fever, fatigue, cough, or sores. You should not start HUMIRA if you have any kind of infection.
Ask your rheumatologist if HUMIRA can work for you.