Venus Williams rheumatic disease awareness month

September 2019 marks the 4th Annual Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month (RDAM), a national awareness event sponsored by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and its public awareness campaign, Simple Tasks™. RDAM was created to raise awareness about the 100+ conditions under the umbrella of rheumatic disease. Rheumatic diseases are painful autoimmune and inflammatory diseases that cause the immune system to attack a person’s joints, muscles, bones, and/or organs. Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, lupus, Sjogren’s syndrome, gout, scleroderma, and psoriatic arthritis are some of the most commonly known. Chances are, if you don’t have a rheumatic disease, you know somebody who does. More than 54 million American adults – one in four – have been diagnosed with one.


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2019 national rheumatic disease patient survey

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Rheum4You Resources

We have social media graphics and posts to help you spread the word about Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month. You can also view (and share) this year’s public service announcement (PSA) to learn how Venus got back on top of her game after being diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome. Be sure to check out some of the latest Rheum4You blog posts as well.


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Public Service Announcement



  • Venus Williams

How I Got Back on Top

September 10, 2019|

By: Venus Williams, RDAM 2019 spokesperson, tennis champion and CEO of EleVen and V Starr Interiors My journey to diagnosis was not an easy one. It [...]

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Advocate for Arthritis from Home

August 26, 2019|

Exciting things are happening here in Washington, D.C.! Not only is September Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month, but also Advocates for Arthritis will bring patient advocates [...]

  • questions to ask your doctor

Questions to Ask Your Rheumatologist

August 5, 2019|

Whether you just learned that you have a rheumatic disease or have been living with one for a while, you should ask questions regularly throughout [...]