Rheumatoid arthritis program features celebrity chef

2013-08-23T00:00:00Z Rheumatoid arthritis program features celebrity chefTimes Staff nwitimes.com
August 23, 2013 12:00 am  • 

MUNSTER | Franciscan Medical Specialists will offer help for dealing with the challenges of rheumatoid arthritis during a free program Monday that features celebrity chef Seamus Mullen, who suffers from the condition.

The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at Franciscan Medical Specialists, 757-45th St. For more information or to register, call (800) 931-3322.

Mullen, owner of Tertulia restaurant in New York City and author of "Hero Food," is known for his Spanish cuisine and will perform a cooking demonstration as an example to help those with rheumatoid arthritis better cope.

Mullen knows firsthand the life changing impact of an RA diagnosis. One day six years ago, Mullen woke up with pain that was so extreme he couldn’t stand and collapsed on the floor.

After several days in the hospital, doctors determined that Mullen had RA – a serious autoimmune disease that causes chronic pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints. 

Mullen is traveling the country with the Rethink RA campaign to share his own battle with RA as well as  provide tips on how he simplifies tasks in the kitchen along with recipes he’s developed that are easier for people with RA to prepare.

“Getting by with RA pain isn’t good enough for me. There are many things that people living with RA can do if they learn to communicate with their doctors to help manage their RA. Cooking is one example of how you can stay active and healthy and even have fun while living with RA,” Mullen said in a news release.

The educational program, sponsored by Pfizer in partnership with the Franciscan Alliance’s Spirit of Women initiative, will explain available clinical tests and disease management programs.

Board-certified rheumatologist Keith Reich, D.O., of Franciscan Medical Specialists, also will discuss effective physician-patient conversations and how to rethink the possibilities for living with RA.

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