The Challenges of Traveling with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) [transcript] [audio]

Guest: Dr. Grace Wright  & Maria

Presenter: Neal Howard

Guest Bio:    

Dr. Grace Wright

Dr. Wright is a rheumatologist who has been practicing rheumatology for more than 20 years. She currently practices as an independent private rheumatologist in her own clinical practice, Grace C Wright MD PC. She is also an Attending Physician at NYU Langone and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York, New York. She is a founding member of and president of the Association of Women in Rheumatology, an organization for women dedicated to promoting the science and practice of rheumatology and advocating access to the highest quality health care and management of patients with rheumatic diseases. She is also a certified fellow and member of the American College of Rheumatology.  She is the recipient of several awards, including the Helen R. Downes Award for academic distinction, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society. She received her medical and doctorate degrees from NYU School of Medicine where she also conducted her residency in internal medicine.   


María arrived in the United States with the dream of building a better life for herself and her three young daughters. To do this, María launched a successful cheese factory. When she was 35 years old, María began experiencing extreme fatigue, which she at first blamed on her grueling entrepreneurial schedule. After her doctor ordered a blood test, she received the diagnosis of RA. Undaunted, she continued to grow her business and raising her girls, oftentimes having to resort to supervising manufacturing from a wheelchair because the pain in her legs and feet had become unbearable.

Segment Overview: Dr. Grace Wright and Maria, a person living with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), talk about ways to help manage travel triggers.


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