Welcome to Remission Possible, the podcast dedicated to guiding and supporting you on your mission to take back your life and control symptoms. We understand that this challenge wasn’t something you asked for, but remember, you’re stronger than you think, and you deserve the opportunity to regain control and live your best life.

In each episode, we’ll hear from patients about how they support their mission to remission and discuss how patients and doctors can work together to better understand the optimal course of treatment for different chronic conditions while keeping personal goals and lifestyle choices in mind.


You can check out our Remission Possible series below or wherever you listen to podcasts. Be sure to subscribe for access to future episodes and email us at [email protected] with any feedback or ideas for future episodes. Tell your family and friends to listen, too, so they better understand your journey toward low disease activity.

Episode 1: Redefining Remission:
Nathalie’s Story of Resilience in the Face of Rheumatoid Arthritis 

Nathalie was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2003, and in 2007, with a replaced shoulder joint and stable RA, she and her partner welcomed their first child. Despite a second shoulder replacement in 2014, Nathalie remains active, working full time, cherishing loved ones, kickboxing, and advocating for the patient community.

Join Nathalie as she takes us on her personal journey with RA, sharing how she advocates for quality care and finds joy in maintaining an active lifestyle despite the challenges she faces.

Episode 2: From Jed to Jedi
Turning Ankylosing Spondylitis into a
Force for Change

Jed was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis as a child and today is an avid blogger, vlogger, co-author, and voice-over actor. Locally, he is the Support Group Leader for the St. Louis chapter of the Spondylitis Association of America. When he’s not doing all things spondylitis, he’s a middle school teacher, husband, and dad of four fur babies.

Join Jed as he describes his diagnosis at a young age, the lack of treatment options available at that time, and his journey to becoming an advocate for himself and for the arthritis community.

Episode 3: From Clinical to Personal:
Empowering Patients Toward Remission and Low Disease Activity

Dr. Mease is an internationally recognized rheumatology leader, Professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and Director of Rheumatology Research at Swedish Medical Center/Providence St. Joseph Health in Seattle, WA.

Join Dr. Mease as he sheds light on the concepts of remission, inactive disease, and low disease activity in ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Listen as he talks about the significance of working with your doctor to incorporate personal goals into your treatment.

“Rather than focusing on the ‘I can’t do this,’ it’s more, ‘Okay, what can I do?’… So that I can be more fully embracing of what life is, in terms of what’s ahead of me. I think that’s what the important measure is: looking forward.”

— Nathalie Robertson

“I am living this life. My AS gives me pride and purpose. I’m not ashamed of my disease. And I like to think that it has given me a whole other area of life where I can help people and help out in ways that other people may not have that experience.”

 Jed Finley

“A patient may come in with a completely different idea about what is remission or low disease activity for them…There might be completely different targets of treatment. I also want to know, what is your goal? What would you most like to regain in your life?”

— Dr. Philip Mease

In these special episodes dedicated to understanding remission and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), we share perspectives from Racquel, who lives with lupus, and Dr. Blanco, who treats it. They share tips on reaching remission and working with your doctor to achieve your treatment goals.

Episode 4: From Athlete to Advocate:
Racquel’s Lupus Story

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After qualifying for the Olympic trials twice, Racquel’s diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus in 2004 presented challenges that got in the way of her athletic lifestyle. Wanting no one else to feel alone in their journey, Racquel founded Lupus in Color, an advocacy group dedicated to supporting people living with lupus.

Join Racquel as she describes recognizing symptoms, feeling lost and scared at diagnosis, working with her doctor to care for her lupus, and becoming an advocate for herself and others living with lupus.

Episode 5: Thinking of the Whole Person,
Not Just the Disease with Dr. Irene Blanco

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Rheumatologist Dr. Irene Blanco is the Director of Lupus Clinical Services at Northwestern in Chicago, Illinois. At Northwestern Medicine, her research interests focus on health outcomes, health disparities, and adverse social determinants of health in rheumatology, particularly in systemic lupus erythematosus.

Join Dr. Blanco as she sheds light on how for a long time there were different definitions of what lupus looks like, and how it is now more defined. Listen as she talks about how lupus can manifest differently in each patient, the key lab numbers patients should be aware of, and the importance of working together with your doctor to reach remission.

“My advice to people is to really just become a partner with your doctor. Yes, your doctor is the professional, don’t do things in a way that is negating his profession. But let them know you understand your body and this is not working, or that is working.”

— Racquel Dozier

“I think for a really long time, we all set the bar a little differently as to like what remission looks like, and what low disease activity look like. I think now that it’s really been defined by certain groups, we can now really set standards and really say okay, no, this is how we’re going to define remission. This is how we’re going to define low disease activity. And now let’s start being aggressive to get people there.”

Irene Blanco, MD

In season two of Remission Possible, we explore how to work with your doctor to better manage psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA). Our podcast episode features patient and provider perspectives on how to monitor and lower disease activity and our informative audio guide offers practical advice on making treatment decisions together with your doctor. This season is all about helping you control your disease and feel your very best.

Achieving Optimal Disease Control:
Managing PsA and AxSpA

S2 Episode

Join us for a timely discussion on the importance of achieving optimal disease control for people living with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) or axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA). We’ll talk with leading rheumatologists Dr. Mease and Dr. Ogdie, who will be presenting research on this topic at this year’s European Alliance for Associations for Rheumatologist (EULAR). They will discuss the real-world burden of uncontrolled disease despite treatment with tumor necrosis factor inhibitors.

Plus, hear from a patient with PsA who shares how switching to another therapy helped improve her condition.

This episode provides patient and provider tips on best practices for shared decision-making so you or someone you love can best manage PsA or axSpA.

Audio Guide
Tips for Achieving
Optimal Disease Control

S2 Audio Guide

In this audio guide, Dr. Ogdie and Dr. Mease discuss uncontrolled disease in psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) and provide practical advice on collaborating with your doctor to ensure you achieve the best possible disease control.

This guide is designed to give patients the knowledge they need to better navigate their treatment journey and feel their very best.

“We’re trained to look at the number of swollen joints, the number of tender joints, the amount of skin that’s involved…and then make a treatment plan based on that. But that doesn’t always get to your goals as a patient. So I think number one is knowing that we’re not trained this way. And so if you can help us out by telling us what you need, and what you want, that will actually bring things along way.”

— Dr. Alexis Ogdie

“There’s the diagnosis that comes down and then your life changes. And then you try medicine after medicine and they work for a little bit or they don’t. But you almost think it’s impossible to get back to being yourself, again, whatever that form is. And I’m just really thankful that I have had access to a great team to help me achieve that.”


“Patients should never hesitate to voice their concerns or ask questions. It’s also essential for health care providers to actively involve patients in the decision-making process and consider their preferences and values. By working together, patient and clinician, we can improve treatment outcomes and enhance the overall patient experience.”

Dr. Philip Mease

Our podcasts and audio guides are for educational purposes only and shouldn’t take the place of medical advice. The statements of the health care professionals are based on the personal clinical experiences of the physicians. Always talk to your own doctor about the right path for you.
AbbVie Inc. in partnership with GHLF are the sole authors and copyright owners of this presentation. AbbVie and GHLF are solely responsible for all written and oral content within this presentation. © 2024 AbbVie Inc. All rights reserved.


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Alexis R. Ogdie-Beatty, MD, MSCE, is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology in the Perelman School of Medicine. She is also Director of the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Director of the Penn Psoriatic Arthritis and Spondyloarthritis Program. The mission of her research program is to improve outcomes in psoriatic arthritis by accelerating diagnosis, increasing the focus on meaningful, patient-centered outcomes, and developing and advancing methods for precision medicine.

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Philip J. Mease, MD, is a Clinical Professor at the University of Washington and Director of Rheumatology Research at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. Practicing at Seattle Rheumatology Associates, he earned his degrees from Stanford University and completed his residency at the University of Washington. Dr. Mease leads clinical trials on rheumatic disease therapies and researches disease metrics. He co-chairs three OMERACT working groups, is a founding organizer and President of GRAPPA, and has published nearly 400 journal articles and 18 book chapters.

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05 - Adam

Adam Kegley, MA, MS,
Manager of Global Partnerships, GHLF

Adam plays a role in GHLF’s expansion into new territories while maintaining a strong local presence. He has master’s degrees in International Relations, Strategic Negotiations, and Diplomacy from Arcadia University’s American Graduate School and the Université Paris-Saclay.

06 - Angela

Angela Degrassi
Research Manager for Patient-Centered Research, GHLF

Angela organizes projects, connects patients to resources through ArthritisPower, and brings leadership experience from the health and fitness industry. As a lifelong patient advocate and caregiver to a parent with MS, she brings a unique perspective to her work.

07 - JP

JP Summers
Patient Advocate, Community Outreach Manager, GHLF

JP supports GHLF’s 50-State Network and patient-centered advocacy. She lives with multiple chronic illnesses, including fibromyalgia, heart failure, migraine, and rheumatoid arthritis, and is a caregiver to a son with migraine.


Remission Possible is a new podcast series produced by the non-profit Global Healthy Living Foundation, its arthritis patient community CreakyJoints, and made possible with support from AstraZeneca, AbbVie U.S. and Canada. Through personal chats with fellow patients, as well as insights from top medical experts, our hosts explore how to find the best treatment to live well with chronic illness.

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