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.
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