Renaming Rheumatoid Arthritis
By July 25 at 9:09 am 301 2 3
A few months back, I read an article by blogger, Kelly Young, whose blog is titled “RA Warrior.” Here is the link to that article. http://rawarrior.com/we-refuse-to-be-mislabel...
Kelly, in her article, argues that renaming RA to Rheumatoid Autoimmune Disease would keep it from being mistaken as just arthritis. That is not to downplay the significance of osteoarthritis but the fact is that RA is not a form of arthritis. Arthritis is just one of its many symptoms. RA is an autoimmune disease and should be treated as such.
My question to you: if rheumatoid arthritis (RA) were renamed rheumatoid autoimmune disease (RAD), do you think the public would stop confusing it with osteoarthritis? Do you think that a name change can bring about more awareness and funding for better treatment options and perhaps a cure?