"Mariah Zebrowski Leach has rheumatoid arthritis (RA). She is also the busy mom of two sons, a blogger, and the creator of the Mamas Facing Forward, a Facebook group about parenting with a chronic illness. And she recently rode in the California Coast Classic, an eight-day, 525-mile bicycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to benefit The Arthritis Foundation. We talked about her life and the ride.
Health Central (HC): Please tell us about yourself.
Mariah: I live near Boulder, Colorado with my husband and two little boys, who are 2 and 4 years old. I was diagnosed with RA when I was 25 years old and in the middle of working on a law degree and a masters in environmental policy. When my husband and I got married, we wanted to start a family. I didn’t think I could handle RA, starting a family, and starting a career all at the same time. For the past three years, I’ve been primarily focused on starting a family.
There were no resources to help me make the challenging decisions on starting a family. I started putting together resources for other moms who might be going through this so they don’t have to feel less alone as I did. I also started the Facebook group Mamas Facing Forward.
Read my profile of Mariah's profile and the story of her ride on RAHealthCentral.