[Text on Screen] Meet Beverly
My name is Beverly, but I go by the name of Bev. I’m not the typical grandma, believe me. I am so far from a typical grandma. I don’t garden. I don’t knit. I don’t crochet. I don’t bake cakes. I don’t do any of that. What I do is ride a motorcycle, do karaoke, finger paint, crazy things like that, and, uh, I have RA.
[Text on Screen] Tell us about your initial symptoms.
I first was diagnosed with RA in 1982, and I realized slowly that I was losing wrist control. As you can see, I really can’t bend them too much, but I make do.
[Text on Screen] What was your turning point?
I wasn’t able to walk easily. It wasn’t a happy place for me, and, I’m sure you can hear it in my voice, I don’t like to talk about it. I knew then I had to do something. That’s how my journey started.
[Text on Screen] How did you decide to try HUMIRA?
The doctor is really the one that pushed me to believe. He said that I could do it. He said that there were medications that I could go on. When HUMIRA came, that really gave me motivation. I researched it. I knew what the possibilities were if I didn’t do something. I have never looked back. I’ve, I’ve never ever been sorry.
[Text on Screen] How do you feel about an injectable medicine?
It’s something I have to do, and so I do it. Every 2 weeks I use the pen, and I do it in the morning. The experience for me is not horrible at all. It’s a quick little thing.
[Text on Screen] How did RA change you?
It did change my life, and I think it’s important that you don’t look at it that it’s a bad change. I don’t kayak anymore, but now I ride motorcycles. I don’t camp any more, but now I go to karaoke. I don’t feel bad anymore, because now I realize that RA is not the end. I just crossed off hot-air balloon.
[Text on Screen] Do you have a word of advice for others with RA?
My new tattoo, “believe.” That’s what I would tell all RA patients. It, it’s a gentle reminder to believe in myself that it can get better. And I can keep my leg up, too.
[Text on Screen] Safety Considerations
[Voice Over and Text on Screen] HUMIRA can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. Serious, sometimes fatal infections and cancers, including lymphoma, have happened, as have blood, liver, and nervous system problems, serious allergic reactions, and new or worsening heart failure. Before treatment, get tested for TB. Tell your doctor if you’ve been to areas where certain fungal infections are common, and if you’ve had TB, hepatitis B, are prone to infections, or have flu-like symptoms or sores. Don’t start HUMIRA if you have an infection.