3112784_gYou probably wouldn’t guess it from looking at her. The 22-year-old has rheumatoid arthritis. RA is a painful autoimmune disease which attacks the joints and can cause severe disability, and the disease can strike all ages.

Stephanie Aleite: “Arthritis…you think of old people in wheelchairs. I’ve had this for 17 years.”

Stephanie needs help from her family just to do ordinary things.

Stephanie Aleite: “I struggle to walk, to comb my hair.”

She has now started a blog to help other young people cope with RA.

Stephanie Aleite: “How to give yourself positive thoughts, and how to hush those negative emotions.”

And most importantly, she wants to offer them hope and knowledge… WSVN Channel 7 News