Michiana woman to speak with members of Congress about rheumatoid arthritis

A Michiana woman suffering from rheumatoid arthritis has been chosen to represent millions of others with the chronic illness.

She'll be "heading to the hill" next week to lobby for help with members of Congress.
Jennifer White, from the Sister Lakes area in Michigan, was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when she was only three. Since then she has suffered from pain in her ankles, knees, and hands.

She's one of 1.3 million Americans facing the complex disorder.

She says her goals when talking with members of Congress are to raise awareness, create access to costly medicines, and raise money for more research.

“I'm excited to try to make a difference and help others who are like me, who are suffering yet haven't come out of their shell. Let people know they need help and we need better medicine to help us,” says White.

White will leave for D.C on Sunday evening with her son.

The two will spend the beginning of the week talking with representatives from her area.

She says she knows for sure she will meet with Congressman Fred Upton but the rest of her plans have yet to be determined.

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