Niki's Story

After living with arthritis for much of her life, Niki is dedicated to helping others just like her. As a joint replacement nurse, she helps her patients find relief and hope for the future. 

Niki is always on the run. From being a mom of twins to a full-time joint replacement nurse to a dance teacher, she rarely slows down. But there was a time in her life that she wasn’t sure any of this was even possible.   


At 13, she began a long week racking up various symptoms. What seemed quite benign quickly turned into something more serious. Luckily, she was surrounded by an incredible support system who didn’t stop until they got some answers. Within a year, she had a rheumatoid arthritis (RA) diagnosis, a rheumatologist and a treatment plan. She feels very lucky and so thankful for her family and doctors that pushed until a plan was in place. 


After another flare in high school, Niki realized how invisible arthritis is to most people. Part of her wanted to help others with her disease, but she wasn’t even sure how many other people lived with arthritis. When she realized that she really did want to dedicate her life to helping others with painful joints, she applied to nursing school. She has been a nurse on the joint replacement floor at Our Lady of the Lake for 10 years. She finds comfort in being able to look someone in the eye and honestly tell them she knows how they feel. They never believe her. Then they look at her fingers.  


Niki recently began working with the arthritis community outside of the hospital walls. She has been a presenting speaker at JA Family Days and has attended the Walk to Cure Arthritis for two years. Now that her two little girls are off and running, she looks forward to building her RA village and bettering the lives of those touched by the different forms of arthritis in Baton Rouge and beyond.  
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The Arthritis Foundation is focused on finding a cure and championing the fight against arthritis with life-changing information, advocacy, science and community. We can only achieve these goals with your help. Strong, outspoken and engaged volunteers will help us conquer arthritis. By getting involved, you become a leader in our organization and help make a difference in the lives of millions. Join us and become a Champion of Yes.

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By taking part in the Live Yes! INSIGHTS assessment, you’ll be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis, for yourself and for 54 million others. And all it takes is just 10 minutes.

Your shared experiences will help:

- Lead to more effective treatments and outcomes
- Develop programs to meet the needs of you and your community
- Shape a powerful agenda that fights for you

Now is the time to make your voice count, for yourself and the entire arthritis community. 

Currently this program is for the adult arthritis community.  Since the needs of the juvenile arthritis (JA) community are unique, we are currently working with experts to develop a customized experience for JA families. 

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By sharing your experience, you’re showing decision-makers the realities of living with arthritis, paving the way for change. You’re helping break down barriers to care, inform research and create resources that make a difference in people’s lives, including your own.

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As a partner, you will help the Arthritis Foundation provide life-changing resources, science, advocacy and community connections for people with arthritis, the nations leading cause of disability. Join us today and help lead the way as a Champion of Yes.


Our Trailblazers are committed partners ready to lead the way, take action and fight for everyday victories. They contribute $2,000,000 to $2,749,000


Our Visionary partners help us plan for a future that includes a cure for arthritis. These inspired and inventive champions have contributed $1,500,00 to $1,999,999.


Our Pioneers are always ready to explore and find new weapons in the fight against arthritis. They contribute $1,000,000 to $1,499,999.


Our Pacesetters ensure that we can chart the course for a cure for those who live with arthritis. They contribute $500,000 to $999,000.


Our Signature partners make their mark by helping us identify new and meaningful resources for people with arthritis. They contribute $250,000 to $499,999.


Our Supporting partners are active champions who provide encouragement and assistance to the arthritis community. They contribute $100,000 to $249,999.