11 Famous People With Rheumatoid Arthritis


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Kathleen Turner

The actress learned she had severe RA in her mid-40s, in 1993.

In her 2008 autobiography, Send Yourself Roses, she described how the illness wiped out her sex life and led to her dependence on alcohol. Turner says exercise has helped her cope with the illness, while medication is keeping it under control. The Body Heat star urges others who suspect they might have RA to act quickly, and get a blood test for RA factor. "The earliest you can test for arthritis—do it," she told USA Today in 2001. "It’s just a simple blood test."

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