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Rheumatologist Comments on Actress’ Struggle With Rheumatoid Arthritis

People Magazine article recently covered the announcement that television and film actress Megan Par lives with rheumatoid arthritis, making this the first time she has publicly disclosed information regarding her personal struggle with this chronic autoimmune disease. Park made the announcement in partnership with Joint Decisions, an educational program designed to empower people living with RA and help them improve their relationship with their rheumatologist. Rheumatologist Dr. Susan Baker discusses the impact that the condition can have on the personal and professional lives of people around the world. “The pain and disability caused by rheumatoid arthritis can affect every part of a person’s life,” said Los Angeles rheumatologist Susan Baker, MD. “Those who are not affected by the disease may not fully understand how life changing it can be.” Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune condition that causes joint inflammation, pain, stiffness and swelling throughout the body. It is estimated that 1.5 million Americans are currently living with RA. During her announcement Park said, “in addition to living with RA myself, my mom also has RA, and she taught me how important it is to speak up about my health and seek answers and options when in the doctor’s office … it’s important that each of us be the lead character in our own lives, arming ourselves with information that will help us be our own health advocates.”

“For people living with rheumatoid arthritis, finding the strength to go on can seem impossible. But finding hope and support from loved ones can mean a world of difference in the fight to get better,” said Dr. Baker.

Joint Decisions is an organization in partnership with advocacy organization CreakyJoints. The program makes resources available to help those living with RA improve physical and emotional wellness and have open, honest conversation with their health-care team in order to best regulate and manage their RA symptoms. CreakyJoints is part of the not-for-profit Global Healthy Living Foundation. This organization provides dynamic education, support, advocacy and patient-centered research for people with all types of arthritis and rheumatic disease. Park also took part in a live JointDecisions video chat about the importance of talking to their doctor about how movement and nutrition can ease the symptoms of RA. During the chat, Park described her experiences with RA and viewers were able to ask her live questions.

“Everyone affected by rheumatoid arthritis needs to look for emotional, mental, and physical support in everyday life,” said Dr. Baker. “Together, a healthier future is possible for everyone.”

Dr. Susan Baker is board certified in both internal medicine and rheumatology. She has been providing exceptional and personalized care from her Beverly Hills facility since 2003. She is also a teacher and clinical instructor at Cedars Sinai Hospital and UCLA, David Geffen School of Medicine, respectively.
To learn more about Susan A. Baker MD, Rheumatology & Internal Medicine, please visit susanbakermd.com, or call (310) 274-7770.

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