Letters: Dec. 30, 2002

The Coming Epidemic of Arthritis

"My advice for all us aging baby boomers is, Move it or lose it! We need to take care of our bodies while we can." CATHY LAPLANTE Williamsburg, Va.

Thank you for your story on arthritis [HEALTH, Dec. 9]. I was a very active child, always participating in sports throughout school. In my late teens, I discovered the runner's high and never looked back--until one morning I woke up and couldn't get out of bed. I thought it was Lyme disease, but instead I got the news that it was rheumatoid arthritis. I was 26, and...

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