Grateful Patients

Our patients are at the center of everything we do.  Here are their stories, which they share to offer comfort and hope to those who are facing arthritis.



A Different Outlook on Life
Lane VanderHoek

Lane VanderHoek shows the power of positive and effective treatement and thought in living with arthritis. [More]






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Quality of Life
Linda Watson
Linda Watson is an example of a positive attitude and effective treatement in living with arthritis. [More]






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Live, Learn, Hope
Brittany Matthews
Brittany Mathews' goal is to inspire others with conditions like my own. A sign on a wall that she saw as she was about to receive IVIG treatment has stayed with her and become her outlook on life. "Live for Today, Learn from Yesterday and Hope for Tomorrow." [More]




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A Physician and a Friend
Jessica Kittelberger
Eight years ago, at the age of seven, I was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. After a few different hospital visits, my family and I settled on UNC Children's Hospital as the institution that would support me with my health issues. [More]