Archive | June 2012

Book Profile: ‘Enemy Within’ by Karen Ager

An inspirational story of a battle with one’s personal battle with RA, Enemy Within: A memoir of strength, determination & acceptance ( New Holland Publishing Australia Pty Ltd, 2010) by Karen Ager offers a look behind her story of dealing with rheumatoid arthritis from age 17.

Enemy Within is not a “woe is me” story, but one of determination, strength and courage.Readers don’t have to have RA to appreciate this book and its no-sugar-coated, well-written content. Karen Ager’s story is told from the heart.

Dealing with any form of arthritis at a young age is never easy, but Enemy Within is just another fine example of life is only what you make it. We can either sit and feel sorry for ourselves, or we can stand up, tell our story with intentions of motivating others around us while living our own lives to the fullest.

This entry was posted on June 4, 2012, in Reviews.

Arthritis Personality Profile: Karen Ager

Imagine you are an everyday teenager who is enjoying all life has to offer at that stage, and suddenly, it changes forever with a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. Could you cope with such a diagnosis at age 17? Karen Ager has – and still retains her focus forward attitude to this day.


Karen Ager is a first-time author and tenured teacher at the United Nations International School in New York. Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) at 17, Karen has worked relentlessly to raise public awareness of the disease. Karen has been featured in Arthritis Today (cover and story Jan/Feb 2011), Reader’s Digest Health Smart magazine (October 2010), New Idea (August 2010), Graziamagazine (June 2010), Remedy MD and Healthy Living magazines (Spring 2008), Shape magazine (February 2006), the New York Daily News (February 2005), Sydney Morning Herald (September 2002) and Time magazine Australia (July 2002).
Television appearances have included the U.S. Today Show (October 2007), and WPIX-TV Channel 11 Unsung Hero story (May 2003). She is currently booked to appear on the Australian national television show The Circle which is Australia’s version of The View.

U.S. Radio interviews have recently included NPR – WTBQ-AM, WYYZ-AM, WRPN-AM, WYYZ- AM , 89.9 FM, 88.7 FM, 91.7 FM – Troy University Public Radio, 96.9 FM Boston Talks – It’s Your Health Radio, WOCA-FM, WDIS-FM, Cable Radio Networks – A Touch of Grey.

Karen has also been interviewed on many Australian Radio programs including 2GB, 4GR, ABC Classic FM – Margaret Throsby Show, ABC Tasmania Statewide, ABC Canberra, ABC– Darwin, ABC– Cairns, 2ST, 2GB – Chris Smith Show. Numerous regional newspapers across Australia have also featured stories on Karen.

Karen serves on the Board of Governors for the New York Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, has consulted on the Arthritis Foundation’s Women of Distinction Committee in New York, and often speaks at fundraisers and advocacy events. She is founder of the Karen and Arthritis Support group and website. She is an active blogger about positively managing the challenges of arthritis. Karen is a proud ‘Dream Board’ member of the Jeffrey Gottfurcht Children’s Arthritis Foundation.

Read an excerpt from Karen’s memoir Enemy Within, released June 2010. 
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