Patient Leader

Diagnosed with RA in 1986-age 26. I’m often disappointed by others who don’t realize the true impact of the systemic inflammation that comes with this disease! When people aren’t personally touched in some way, how could they really know. I lived in silence for too long. I decided to try Twitter in 2011, hoping to find others affected by RA and to spread awareness. It was then I finally found my voice! The most valuable aspect for me is that I have met thousands of truly inspirational people fighting the same battle and I became a strong patient advocate. I have overcome great challenges & continue to since diagnosed & I share my experiences in hoping to help others to never give up!




Best in Show: Twitter Lifetime Achievement

Terez is passionate for IFAA, Autoimmune Arthritis and spreading the word. She loves Twitter and doesn't let RA get the best of her!!  — Deb

Therese is such an inspiration to those young people living with autoimmune arthritis. She really paved the way for going into a clinical trial for a biologic which is now helping a lot of people too!  — Effie

Past Awards Participation

Third Annual Health Activist Awards


Best in Show: Twitter

Fourth Annual Health Activist Awards


Best in Show: Twitter

Sixth Annual WEGO Health Awards


Patient Leader Hero Best in Show: Twitter

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