Bri McKenna

is creating tips, stories, and science for living with arthritis

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-Disabled History series (Alfred the Great was disabled, and the pharaohs had arthritis!) 


-Cute animal pics


-An awesome Discord role!


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-Exclusive fiction and other fun writing!


-Disabled History series (Alfred the Great was disabled, and the pharaohs had arthritis!)


-Cute animal pics


-That awesome Discord role!


Thank you!

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About

I’m Bri McKenna, and I’ve been living with autoimmune arthritis since middle school. Along the way, I’ve picked up a lot of tips, stories, and science knowledge that I want to share with others. For example, how does air travel with Humira work? Do biologics increase cancer risk? What’s it like to go to Disney World with arthritis? I don’t have all the answers, but I can share what I’ve learned.

My diagnosis is juvenile spondyloarthritis (ankylosing spondylitis), a type of arthritis that most often affects the spine and large joints (like hips, shoulders, and knees). My arthritis also affects smaller joints like my fingers. AS is actually as common as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), but much less well-known and understood. Because of this, the average diagnostic delay is 7 years!

I have a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering, and I’ll soon be pursuing my PhD in medical sociology at UCLA. I’ll be studying issues that keep people with arthritis from getting the care they need—like what causes delays in getting diagnosed.
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When I reach $50 per month, I'll invest to get better pictures and graphics on all of my blog posts and on my Twitch page.
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