The imperfect trifecta: Depression, Autoimmune/Autoinflammatory Arthritis, & Covid-19

I’ve been doing a bunch of series lately. First on COVID-19, then on depression. A fellow blogger, Rick Phillips from RADiabetes reached out and suggested that we should do a Podcast with my nonprofit’s AiArthritis Voice 360 Podcast on depression because he felt there were many patients in our community who were feeling the same way. We were joined by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Heather Kenjorski and together we discussed what it is like to life with depression before and during the pandemic.

Click below to listen to the episode:

Below are resources we found for people struggle with depression at this time.

Thanks to Rick and Heather for joining me to discuss depression, autoimmune & auto inflammatory arthritis diseases, and COVID-19. Please continue the discussion by email, or messaging us on Twitter @IFaiarthrits or Facebook: AiArthritis Voices 360 Talk Show

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Kelly holds masters degrees in both Special Education and Speech-Language Pathology. She works full-time as a speech-language pathologist in both a public school setting and as an adjunct faculty member at a university, in Philadelphia, PA. She specializes in both autism and augmentative/alternative communication and took her skills to Uganda, Africa to start a special needs program for disabled children living in an orphanage in 2011. Kelly began experiencing symptoms of autoimmune arthritis in 1984 (while in her teens) but wasn’t officially diagnosed with autoimmune arthritis until 2001. Her first diagnosis was Sjogren’s syndrome. Eventually her diagnosis was changed to sero-negative RA and now Polyarticular Spondlyoarthropathy. She also manages thyroid disease (resulting from Graves Disease), fibromyalgia, renin-deficient hypertension, and disseminated superficial actinic porokeratosis (DSAP) on a daily basis. Kelly connected with other autoimmune arthritis patients via social media in 2008. She began volunteering with the “Buckle Me UP! Movement”, which evolved into the International Autoimmune Arthritis Movement (IAAM) beginning in 2009. Then became a cofounder of IFAA in 2013. She has represented the ACR on Capitol Hill as an Advocate for Arthritis, was a finalist in Wego Health’s Health Activist Hero awards in 2014, and speaks at various healthcare conferences as a patient advocate in the Philadelphia area.

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