In May 2018 Marcy was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis at the age of 38. This diagnosis came 6 months after she started having symptoms in both her hands with joint pain, throbbing, and swelling of the fingers. Marcy’s Mother Linda (in the photo with Marcy) has both Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis as well.
It was during this time Marcy first learned about some VERY important things.
First, she learned what “Step Therapy” meant. Marcy has a unique field of work and she was not going to be allowed to go through step therapy’s traditional drugs such as Methotrexate (DMARDs). Luckily, once diagnosed Marcy’s doctor worked hard to get her approved for a Biologic Immunosuppressant to reduce her arthritis inflammation.
Second, Marcy learned about the Arthritis Foundation, and the work they do to fundraise and raise awareness for arthritis research and advocacy, including advocating for law changes on requirements by insurance companies to mandate step therapy. Marcy’s doctor and she worked for about 6 weeks before getting approval without having to go through step therapy.
However, Marcy watched her Mother Linda, as she was required to try less expensive drugs that have worse side effects before her insurance would approve her an immunosuppressant biologic.
Last, Marcy learned about the annual Walk to Cure Arthritis and the local South Miami Arthritis Foundation support group. This great group of Arthritis Warriors has been encouraging and uplifting for Marcy as she began this journey navigating her “new normal” with living with Psoriatic Arthritis.
Marcy looks forward to helping make a difference for all patients who battle arthritis. And she feels privileged to be an Adult Honoree for the 2019 Walk to Cure Arthritis in Miami.
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