Carla Kienast

Patient Leader

I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in June 2008, had hip-replacement surgery in August 2008, shoulder replacement surgery in April 2009, and back surgery and knee replacement surgery in 2013. I have been on multiple treatment plans and am still searching for that magic elixir that will put me into that magical state of remission. (Texas is great, but I think remission is better …) I advocate through my personal blog, as well as other health-related sites.


Dallas, TX


Best in Show: Blog Best Kept Secret

Carla's blog is extremely informative about RA, how to deal with it and what's going on in healthcare in America (which is interesting for me as I'm based in the UK but also very useful and informative for her US readers). There's also updates about how Carla's doing herself and what she's up to - which makes it all more personal and fun to read.  — Anne

Carla seeks out intentional activism & advocacy. If you don't follow her blog, head there NOW & bookmark it! The amount of wisdom she has regarding living with rheumatoid arthritis, undergoing surgeries due to arthritic damage, etc. is invaluable &, always raw & real. Carla also has an uplifting presence/lovely sense of humor. :) She is such a gem!  — Kenzie

Past Awards Participation

Fifth Annual Health Activist Awards


Best in Show: Blog

Sixth Annual WEGO Health Awards


Healthcare Collaborator: Company Healthcare Collaborator: Patient
Carla Kienast

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