Women with Rheumatoid Disease is a private online patient community.
It's a friendly space for women to connect and support one another.
We invite all women with rheumatoid disease to join us.
Why rheumatoid disease and not rheumatoid arthritis?
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 a systemic autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks the body.
While both conditions are painful and debilitating, they have very different symptoms, treatments and outcomes.
Confusing them leads to unnecessary miscommunication and frustration for patients.
Why the focus on women?
Women are disproportionately affected by autoimmune disorders. 75% of rheumatoid patients are female.
What's with the butterflies?
Butterflies symbolize hope, change and transformation.
By wearing butterflies we can spark positive, constructive conversations about what it's like to live with rheumatoid disease.