Carol, About.com's Guide to Osteoarthritis, was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in the prime of life, at age 19. Though Carol's primary condition is rheumatoid arthritis, she has developed osteoarthritis as a secondary condition. Her husband Rick, who was her co-guide until he sadly passed away, also had both types of arthritis.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Carol worked in a hospital laboratory as a Registered Medical Technologist for 16 years, until arthritis prematurely ended her career. In 1995, Carol started and moderated the first Rheumatoid Arthritis Chatroom/Support Group on America Online.
Carol has been the Guide for About.com's Arthritis website since 1997 and the Osteoarthritis website since 2007. Carol is also a writer and patient advocate for people living with arthritis and chronic illness. Carol is the author of The Everything Health Guide to Arthritis (published in 2007) and Natural Arthritis Treatment (published in 2012). Find out more about Natural Arthritis Treatment here.
Carol has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio. She also completed a one-year internship in a School of Medical Technology and became licensed as a Registered Medical Technologist, MT(ASCP).
From Carol Eustice:
Osteoarthritis (OA) is by far the most prevalent type of arthritis. Nearly 1 in 8 Americans age 25 and older (about 12%) have OA, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Over the next two decades, as the population ages, the number of people diagnosed with OA will continue to skyrocket. By the year 2030, about 1 in 5 Americans (about 70 million people) will be over 65 years old and at high risk for developing the disease.
OA affects people differently, the disease may occur alone or together with other types of arthritis. Primary OA is mostly a consequence of aging. Secondary OA can develop as a consequence of injury, trauma, or another disease or condition.
I'm here to help you understand essential information about OA, including signs and symptoms, diagnosis, medications, natural remedies, and other treatment options. Using my own experience of living and coping with OA, I intend to offer practical advice to help you manage your illness.
- Surviving the Loss of Oneself (Carol's Personal Story)
The diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis at age 19: a continuous challenge and evolution.
- Arthur and Me; Arthur and Us (Richard's Personal Story)
Diagnosed at age 26, Richard reveals how arthritis impacted his life both positively and negatively.
- I Was a Teenager With Arthritis (Carol's Personal Story)
Recalling my concerns after I was diagnosed with arthritis at a young age.