The First Year: Rheumatoid Arthritis

An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed


By M.E.A. McNeil

Foreword by Kenneth Sack, MD

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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a disease characterized by inflammation of the joints, is one of the most disabling forms of arthritis and affects over two million people in the United States. Without proper treatment it can lead to long-term joint damage, chronic pain, loss of function, and disability. From the first moment of her diagnosis, author M.E.A. McNeil took charge and educated herself on every aspect of her condition. Now, as a “patient-expert,” she guides those newly diagnosed step-by-step through their first year with RA. McNeil provides crucial information about the nature of the disease, treatment options, diet, exercise, social concerns, emotional issues, networking with others, and much more. The First Year–Rheumatoid Arthritis is an essential resource for everyone who wants to be an informed, active participant in the management of their condition.


On Sale
Dec 21, 2005
Page Count
320 pages

M.E.A. McNeil

About the Author

M.E.A. McNeil has written for the New York Times Magazine and San Francisco Chronicle Magazine and is the author of The Magic Storysinger: A Tale from the Finnish Epic Kalevala, which won the Aesop Accolade from the American Folklore Society. She lives in San Anselmo, California.

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