Terry Bradshaw, Kathleen Turner, and other celebrities have spoken about living with arthritis.

Your immune system is designed to fight infections. It helps you fight off infections. Your immune system can get crossed and start attacking you.

That’s what happens with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA attacks and damages joints. This leads to swelling, pain, inflammation, and possibly joint deformity.

Nearly 1.5 million people in the United States live with RA. According to the Arthritis Foundation, women are three times more likely to have RA than men, and the average diagnosis comes between the ages of 30 and 60.

The celebrities and famous faces have spoken about their health journeys with the disease.

Kathleen Turner

“It is important to me that people know they have options so they can get some relief from this debilitating disease,” Kathleen Turner, a two-time Golden Globe winner for Best Actress and the star of such hits as “Body Heat” and “Crimes of Passion,” told USA Today.

The actor is passionate about helping others understand what they experience after being diagnosed with an RA. Kathleen Turner was just a few years shy of her 40th birthday when she was impacted by RA.

She underwent 12 surgeries after she was diagnosed. She was told by her doctors that she would be in a wheelchair.

The actor, whose on-screen and onstage characters are often just as determined as Turner herself, was looking for an alternative solution.

She found something that helped keep her active and moving: “Pilates, baby! Twice a week. Pilates saved my life,” the actor told The Times.

Camryn Manheim

“Camryn Manheim was stabbed in her hands after eight months, but she didn’t know what was causing it.”

“She was in her child’s classroom when she used sign language to sing.”

“I was feeling aches and pains in my hands, which was upsetting to me because I’m a sign-language interpreter — I use my hands all the time,” Manheim told People magazine.

It was difficult to hold a cup of coffee and a pen. I was starting to feel fatigued as well.

Manheim, who is perhaps best known for her roles on “Ghost Whisperer” and “The Practice”, had her answer after a number of tests.

I said that was the craziest thing I had ever heard. I am too young. She said that she was mistaken.

“She didn’t stop because of the diagnosis. She and her doctor worked out a treatment plan after she knew what was causing the pain. She is living her typical life today.”

She said that you have to get the proper diagnosis and treatment to get the proper treatment. You can live a full and interesting life after that.

“A golfer’s swing is a work of art. The body works to support the rise and fall of the golf club. The swing could be missed if one thing goes wrong.”

That is what sets the story apart for Kristy McPherson. The South Carolina native was diagnosed with the disease at the age of 11.

“It seemed like the end of the world,” she told Golf Digest. “I spent months in bed, unable to walk, with a rash and a swelling in my throat that made it difficult to breathe.”

The diagnosis made golf a new love.

“She said that getting sick was the best thing that had ever happened to her. I found a sport I loved. I don’t think I’ll make it in the league. The LPGA has been great.”

“She was a cheerleader who wore sleeveless tops and short skirts, but she didn’t shy away from the uniform’s standard short skirts and sleeveless tops.”

Megan Park had been living with the same people for 10 years.

“I had all the classic symptoms: extreme joint swelling, different pain, the inability to do certain things that everyone else could,” Park told People magazine in 2015. “That’s when I knew that something wasn’t right.”

The actor let other people living with the disease know that they were not alone when she made her diagnosis public.

She said that it helped her understand that everyone has a plight and that she has become more sympathetic as an artist.

I think it has opened my eyes to the stories that are out there. Everybody has something, you may not know about it.

James Coburn, who played in popular western films like “The Magnificent Seven” and “Hell Is for Heroes”, was out of work because of his joints.

“There was so much pain that … every time I stood up, I would break into a sweat,” he told ABC News.

“Treatments weren’t as advanced when Coburn was diagnosed He found a treatment that helped him manage his symptoms.”

He was able to get back into the movie business after he died.

People think of arthritis as a disease for the elderly. At any age, RA can develop. Aida Turturro, who played the role of Carmela in the series “The Sopranos,” was diagnosed at 12.

“We were at the beach, and my father literally had to carry me to the water because my feet hurt so much,” she told USA Today in 2000.

The actor is busy with her TV show and appearances.

Turturro says that it is important to see a rheumatologist. It can be hard to know why you are feeling so bad.

At the age of 10, Tatum O\’ Neal became the youngest actor to win an Oscar. She won for her role in the movie “Paper Moon”, in which she played a part in a con artist team.

O’Neal went on to act in several other big movies, including“The Bad News Bears.” Her adult years were more tabloid fodder than television success, as the child star dealt with addiction and fought publicly with her father and her ex-husband, John McEnroe.

Later in life, she was diagnosed with RA and began speaking out about her symptoms and her treatments. In 2015, she recorded and shared a video of her undergoing a pulmonary function test after doctors realized her RA treatment was possibly damaging her lungs.

“I’ve got to get ahead of it,” she told the Arthritis Foundation. “I’ve got to! I have a young spirit and want to be able to do anything in the world that I want to do. I want a long, healthy life.”

“O’ Neal emphasizes the importance of having people around you who you can trust and rely on. She said that she had to restructure her friends and support system. You have to find a group of people who will love you and support you.”

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Terry Bradshaw, the former quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, was diagnosed with a disease later in life. Bradshaw received treatment after his diagnosis. He was able to continue working as a Fox Saturday sports commentator.

Along with being active in the professional sports community, he also advocates for RA awareness. He often works with the American College of Rheumatology to help people diagnose and get the right treatment for RA.

He was the spokesman for the Simple Tasks Awareness campaign.

“These diseases are serious, lifelong, and can really put a hitch in your giddy-up if you don’t get help from a specialist,” Bradshaw said in a video produced by the American College of Rheumatology.

He still works to raise awareness about the disease and break down stereotypes about who can get it. He shows how treatment for RA can be effective and that it can affect anyone.

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According to her memoir, “Love, Lucy,” Lucy Ball was diagnosed with a type of arthritis that was possibly rheumatism around the time she was auditioning to become an actor and model.

She received injections from a doctor. She was the lead on the hit TV show “I Love Lucy” despite her teenage years being turbulent.

Ball was never diagnosed with RA through a blood test. The actor did not experience any flare-ups in her later years.

Many people think she may have had a serious illness.

The celebrities were able to achieve great things while living with RA.

Proper treatment can help people with the disease. This may include diet and exercise.

Symptom management can help those with RA to adopt daily routines that let them return to the things they enjoy.