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Effie Koliopoulos, Author at New Life Outlook

About Effie

Effie Koliopoulos is a writer, blogger, YouTuber/vlogger/content creator and a patient advocate, who has been living with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis for 14 years.

Born and raised in the Chicagoland area, Effie has a B.A. in Communications- Journalism, Public Relations and Screenwriting. She also earned a certification for integrative nutrition health coaching. Her mission and goal is to use a holistic approach to help those living with rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis, chronic illness, disability and joint replacement pre/post-surgery, cope and thrive.

She has worked with several non-profits, organizations and charities as either an ambassador, volunteer, patient advocate, intern or employee to either share her story in verbal or written form, raise awareness, participate in campaigns and more. Some of these include the; Arthritis Foundation, Suffering the Silence, InvisiYouth, Diversability, Breakthrough Crew, Arthritis National Research Foundation, and The 50 State Network- Creaky Joints.

Effie has been featured in places such as, Yahoo Lifestyle, Cure Arthritis, theRAconnection and The Mighty. Also, her tips on living well with the disease can be seen in the Health Monitor winter 2017 publication, Guide to RA Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis. She has a YouTube channel called, RA & Myself which was partly inspired by the belief that illness does not have to define who you are, as it’s only a part of your story. Effie encourages those living with invisible or visible illnesses, to continue being their authentic selves.

Effie's Work

Rheumatoid Arthritis Causes

Nine Possible Causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis

While the exact cause of rheumatoid arthritis is still unknown, scientists and researchers have discovered some possible rheumatoid arthritis causes.
by Anna Scanlon, Lana Barhum and Effie Koliopoulos on May 1, 2019
Rheumatoid Arthritis Medications

Rheumatoid Arthritis Medications and Their Side Effects

There are five drug classes typically used as rheumatoid arthritis medications. Although they can be used separately, they are most helpful together.
by Brenda Vanta, Krystina Ostermeyer and Effie Koliopoulos on April 3, 2019
Rheumatoid Arthritis Injections

How Injections May Help Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

Looking for another way to treat your rheumatoid arthritis? Consider injections. Here's everything you need to know about rheumatoid arthritis injections.
by Effie Koliopoulos on March 13, 2019
Rheumatoid Arthritis and Relationships

Coping With Emotions, Relationships and Rheumatoid Arthritis

When living with rheumatoid arthritis, it can be difficult to navigate both rheumatoid arthritis and relationships. Here are some tips that may help.
by Effie Koliopoulos on March 6, 2019
The Flu and Rheumatoid Arthritis

How to Fight the Flu When You Have Rheumatoid Arthritis

If you have RA, catching the flu can increase the number of flares you experience. Learn how to treat the flu and rheumatoid arthritis here.
by Effie Koliopoulos on February 14, 2019

How Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects the Knees 

Rheumatoid arthritis can affect more than just the hands – it can affect knees too. Learn more about rheumatoid arthritis knee symptoms and treatment here.
by Effie Koliopoulos on January 30, 2019