Carol 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 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).
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