Karina’s Story 

Karina has lived with rheumatoid arthritis for 25 years. After more than a dozen surgeries, she decided to share her story in hopes that it would help others who live with RA. 

Karina Robles was 14 years old when her arthritis symptoms started, and her family had no answer of what was wrong with her. She became a teen mom at the age of 16, and after delivering a beautiful baby boy, her life changed forever. 

 Karina is an Arthritis Warrior. She has lived with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) for 25 years. She has had two foot torsion surgeries, total hip replacement, elbow replacement and both her wrists have been fused. Her 15th surgery made her realize that arthritis is bigger than her. She feels that now is the time to tell her story and to use the platform before her. Karina is grateful to have found the Arthritis Foundation, as she now has the right tools, research and support to help her better understand RA. She knows she is not the only one.