Mallory’s Story 

Thanks to the Foundation, Mallory and her husband can build relationships with other young couples learning to navigate a new marriage with arthritis. Connections like that are priceless. 

Mallory grew up as a ballerina. During her summer camp days, she was quickly given the nickname Mallerina. She was always known to be dancing, bopping around and using her endless supply of energy up in the dance studio. She danced seven days a week and loved her yearly performances.  

One morning, at just 12 years old, she woke up with a swollen knee. Before she knew it, her temperature had risen to over 100 degrees. Little did she know that her life was about to change. After a year of countless doctor appointments, blood drawings, x-rays, CT scans, MRIs, bone scans and tears, Mallory was finally diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA).  

The following years were hard, not just for Mallory, but for her family as well. Her life was now filled with medications, doctor appointments and surgeries across the country. Mallory began to experience anxiety and depression.  

Mallory's life took plenty of unexpected twists and turns. She quit dancing. She had four knee surgeries and a hip surgery before the age of 21. With the support of family and friends, she persevered through it all. After all, she just wanted to be a normal kid, a normal teen, a normal college girl.  

Mallory’s immune system ended up weakening so much from her medications that she battled pneumonia and MRSA during college. Since her immune system was so weak, she had to cancel her study abroad trip. The truth was, JRA was taking control of her life, and it was too dangerous for her travel with a weakened immune system.  

Mallory recalls that It wasn't until her late 20s that she realized she was so much more than her diagnosis.  

“The first thing I tell any parent of a child with juvenile arthritis (JA) is to take advantage of the Foundation and to send their kids to JA  camp,” says Mallory. “I don't want any kids to wait as long as I did to find friends with the same disease!” 

Today, Mallory's arthritis is stable. She is happily married to the man of her dreams, Adam, who she describes as the most incredible person in the world. He cares for Mallory when she is sick, understands her chronic pain and takes her to doctor appointments. They live on the upper west side of Manhattan with their puppy, Lexi. Mallory lives a fulfilled life with her incredible friends and family. Despite her diagnosis, she remains active and is a member of Class Pass. She enjoys taking dance, barre and Pilates classes. 
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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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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.


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