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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Facebook: Enemy Within by Karen Ager

Twitter: @KarenAger

Everyday Health: Beating the Rheumatoid Arthritis Odds: Karen’s Success Story


Arthritis Profile: Christine Schwab

Take Me Home from the Oscars is the well-acclaimed book by author and TV personality Christine Schwab, who chronicles her battle with RA and keeping her condition hidden while working in the fast-paced world of television.

A national beauty, lifestyle, and fashion reporter, Christine has appeared on shows such as Oprah, Live with Regis and Kelly, NBC Nightly News, CBS-The Early Show, The Today Show, The Insider, Rachel Ray, Inside Edition, CNBC News, Fox Network News, E! Entertainment and Weekend Today.

Christine’s career as a journalist on KABC-TV Eyewitness News in Los Angeles. She is the author of three books, Quickstyle, The Grown-up Girl’s Guide to Style, and Take Me Home from the Oscars. As the contributing style editor to Redbook magazine Christine wrote a highly rated monthly column that also appeared in the Australian magazine She.

She has also been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, Ladies Home Journal, Women’s World, The Chicago Tribune, The Huffington Post and The Washington Post Book Magazine/Sunday.

Christine appeared as a spokesperson for many of the country’s leading fashion and beauty companies. Estee Lauder, Revlon, Cotton Inc., Lenscrafters, Patek Phillipe and The Platinum Guilde, among others. Currently, she is spokesperson for the National Arthritis Foundation.

She is a member of AFTRA Fashion Group, Writer’s Market, and Pen USA.


Web Site:

Amazon Author Page: Christine Schwab

Twitter: @schwabchristine

Facebook: Christine Schwab