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Senator Discuss Battle with Arthritis, Announces Legislation

March 5th, 2008 by flanews

A Florida Senator is breaking the silence and sharing her story about a chronic-pain disease. Senator Mandy Dawson is proposing legislation that will promote awareness and funding for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Dawson was diagnosed with R.A. last year and hopes to inform others about the physical and emotional affects. She says many people dont understand the toll the disease takes on its victims.

I think the fear that’s associated with it brings about the depression part of it because you’re always wondering who is around you, what and if something happens, if I fall, or just what’s going to happen next, said Dawson.

People between the ages of 40 and 60 are most likely to be affected by Rheumatoid Arthritis. Women are two to three times more likely to be affected by the disease than men.

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