Mariah Leach

Mariah Leach, Author at New Life Outlook

About Mariah

Mariah Leach is a writer and patient advocate who lives in Colorado with her husband and two young sons. Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 25, she now works to empower patients and raise awareness about arthritis and other chronic illnesses.

After learning firsthand the challenges of facing pregnancy and motherhood with rheumatoid arthritis, Mariah has become particularly passionate about supporting women with chronic illnesses who are or want to become mothers. She runs a Facebook group called Mamas Facing Forward to provide support, community, and resources for women facing pregnancy and motherhood with chronic illnesses.

Since her diagnosis, Mariah has shared her story on her award winning blog, From This Point. Forward., and written for several other health websites. She contributes to advocacy efforts through the Arthritis Foundation and Seth’s 50 State Network, and her family has raised over $45,000 for arthritis research since 2010.

Mariah's Work

Understanding Rheumatoid Arthritis

6 Things People With RA Wish Everyone Understood

Much to the frustration of those who live with it, there are many misconceptions about RA. Here are six things people with RA wish everyone understood.
by Mariah Leach on August 21, 2018
Rheumatoid Arthritis Fatigue: Tips for Preventing and Managing Fatigue

Seven Strategies for Facing Rheumatoid Arthritis Fatigue

Many people with RA are tired most, if not all, of the time. Consider these strategies for fighting back against rheumatoid arthritis fatigue.
by Mariah Leach on January 3, 2018
Explaining Rheumatoid Arthritis to Children

Tips for Talking to Your Children About Rheumatoid Arthritis

Explaining rheumatoid arthritis to children about the symptoms and details of the condition could be of great benefit to you and your family.
by Mariah Leach on December 19, 2017
RA Joint Pain

10 Tips to Tackle Rheumatoid Arthritis Joint Pain

Mariah shares 10 helpful and practical strategies to try when you need to get your RA joint pain under control as quickly as possible.
by Mariah Leach on December 13, 2017
What Does Rheumatoid Arthritis Feel Like?

This Is What Rheumatoid Arthritis Actually Feels Like

"I was curious to see how others living with RA would explain how it feels." How patients answer the question, "What does rheumatoid arthritis feel like?"
by Mariah Leach and Lana Barhum on November 22, 2017
6 Tips for Combating Morning Stiffness

Seven Strategies for Facing RA Morning Stiffness

Unfortunately, one symptom many people of RA face is rheumatoid arthritis morning stiffness. Thankfully, there are ways to manage this symptom.
by Mariah Leach and Anna Scanlon on November 1, 2017
Pain-Free Grocery Shopping With RA

Grocery Shopping and RA: How to Stay Pain-Free and Well Fed

Going grocery shopping with RA can pose several challenges, but some forethought can save you a good deal of pain and wasted effort.
by Mariah Leach on October 18, 2017
Is Rheumatoid Arthritis Hereditary?

Is Rheumatoid Arthritis Hereditary?

"Is rheumatoid arthritis hereditary?" – The good news is that the short answer to this question is no. But the answer to the question is quite complicated.
by Mariah Leach on September 14, 2017
Rheumatoid Arthritis and Depression

Maintaining Your Mental Health With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Physical and mental health challenges can overlap, triggering low moods and feelings of helplessness. Here's What to know about RA and mental health.
by Eric Patterson and Mariah Leach on April 21, 2017
Rheumatoid Arthritis and Pregnancy

What You Need to Know About Pregnancy With Rheumatoid Arthritis

"With the guidance and support of my rheumatologist, I’ve had two healthy pregnancies," Mariah shares about rheumatoid arthritis and pregnancy.
by Mariah Leach on February 22, 2017