11 Famous People With Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Lucille Ball

The red-headed comedienne became very ill with an RA-like disease in her late teens, while trying to make her way as a model. Although doctors at the time diagnosed her with RA, some question whether the First Lady of Television truly had the disease. (Blood tests for RA were not available until years later, and Ball never developed joint deformities.)

After she recovered from the severe flare-up and leg pain so intense it kept her from walking, Ball moved to Hollywood to launch her film and movie career.

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