Peer Support Partner – Mary P.


Age at diagnosis?

I have had rheumatoid arthritis for about 10  years but had symptoms  for 1-2 years prior to actual diagnosis. I am now 54 years old

Why I chose to be a Peer Support Partner 

I became a peer coach to try to support/encourage  others and share what my experience, challenges, and outcomes have been. It was difficult at the beginning to find a balance and modify my lifestyle so I wanted to be able to give others advise, tips, etc. that helped me.

A little about me

I am a pediatric RN and enjoy this aspect of my life very much. I have a great husband, family and friends which I feel very fortunate about. I enjoy movies and dinner with friends, family get togethers, cooking, love to travel, and working out at the gym (finally after recently having both knees replaced).