Kerrie was diagnosed in 2008 as having seropositive rheumatoid arthritis. Kerrie’s symptoms came on suddenly and were severe. She left her graduate-level job in fashion promotion and moved to be closer to her family. Kerrie has good and bad days.
Kerrie has severe seropositive rheumatoid arthritis and experiences pain in every joint. To help control her condition she takes rituximab infusions every 6 months, methotrexate injections 25mg every week, prednisolone 10mg daily, and painkillers.
Kerrie describes the onset of her arthritis as sudden and overnight. Kerrie’s fingers became swollen and painful and she was worried that they were broken. She also experienced flu-like symptoms and was constantly tired and achy. Whilst her blood test revealed no rheumatoid factor, Kerrie was diagnosed as having arthritis after a series of X-rays and physical examinations by a rheumatologist. Kerrie also suffers with depression, malnutrition and anaemia as a result of her arthritis.
Kerrie’s symptoms emerged during an exciting period of her life. She had just graduated from university with a degree in Fashion Promotion. She had also just started a new job as an account executive with a large fashion advertising agency. Kerrie’s constant pain and tiredness resulted in prolonged absences from work. She eventually resigned and moved back to her home town to be closer to family and friends.
Although Kerrie gave up a career in fashion promotion, the decision to move back to her home town and be with loved one was essential to her physical and emotional welling. Kerrie now enjoys a gentler pace of life and spends more time with those closest to her. She runs her own cake baking business and raises awareness of the realities of living with arthritis through blogging, fund-raising and appearances in the media. She is still a fan of the arts and enjoys painting, reading, writing, following fashion and cooking.