Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune condition that affects an estimated 1.5 million Americans and 24 million people worldwide. It causes joint inflammation, pain, stiffness and swelling throughout the body, primarily in the hands and feet. Most people believe that RA only affects the elderly. However, it affects young adults as well.
Television and film actress Megan Park – best known for her roles in the movie Charlie Bartlett and the TV series The Secret Life of the American Teenager as Grace Bowman – has decided to go public with her struggles with the condition.
Megan joined me recently to talk publicly for the first time about living with an incurable autoimmune disease at such a young age, and how it has impacted her career. She also revealed her involvement with Joint Decisions, an educational program designed to support and empower people living with RA.
Launched in 2014 by Janssen Biotech, Inc. in partnership with advocacy organization CreakyJoints, Joint Decisions provides resources to people living with RA to improve their physical and emotional wellness. Joint Decisions also encourages those with RA to have open, honest conversations with their healthcare team in order to determine the best way to manage their symptoms.
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Take a listen to the interview below.
To learn more about Joint Decisions, visit www.CreakyJoints.org/JointDecisions. Also be sure to join Megan’s live chat on ways to manage RA on June 15 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. To register, visit the website above.
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Meet Our Guest:
Megan Park was last seen opposite Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan in the feature film “What If” (Known as “The F Word” in Canada) and she recently wrapped filming the independent feature “Room,” starring Brie Larson and William H. Macy. Park is best known for her portrayal of Grace Bowman on the hit ABC Family show, “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.” She recently recurred on Lifetime’s “The Lottery,” and on ABC’s “The Neighbors” in the role of Jane. Other TV credits include “Entourage” and “The Newsroom.” Park’s additional feature film credits include “So Undercover” opposite Miley Cyrus for the Weinstein Company, “Girls, Guns and Gambling” opposite Christian Slater and Dane Cook, “Charlie Bartlett,” opposite Anton Yelchin and Robert Downey, Jr, “Some Things That Stay,” “Kaw” and the telefilm “A Cinderella Story: Once Upon A Song” alongside Lucy Hale. Park was born in Lindsay, Ontario, and grew up in London, Ontario. She now lives in Los Angeles.