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|As a young woman, Jackie began to show signs of arthritis. In the beginning, it was morning stiffness and swelling which slowly started to hinder her ability to walk and get dressed. During this time Jackie was a single mom with two young children, ages 8 and 3. Her daughter helped her with daily grooming. |
In November 2006, Jackie, at only 33, was officially diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). Shortly after she found out that RA was prominent on her father’s side of the family. Over the course of the last eleven years, Jackie has been on variety of medications to manage her disease and pain. Diet and exercise are key ingredients to being flare-free.
Jackie works in the Rheumatology Division at the University of New Mexico. Her role enables her to interface with rheumatologists and patients. Helping patients obtain educational information needed to learn more about their type of arthritis enables her to be a great resource.
Jackie first participated in the Jingle Bell Run in 2013. Each year, she volunteers her time to oversee the Arthritis Foundation’s exhibit booth at the Annual Rheumatic Disease Conference. Although she recently had an injury that has sidelined her training, Jackie is very excited to be a part of this year’s Jingle Bell Run at Balloon Fiesta Park. “It is my hope that by sharing my journey with RA that it will help others struggling with arthritis,” says Jackie.