We are lucky in life when we can pursue our passion, as I've been able to do in my career. Every day I'm thankful that I can play golf and spend quality time with my wife and my three children. But last year my life as I knew it was suddenly turned upside down when I began experiencing joint stiffness and severe pain. You can watch my story and read more about my personal experiences below.
Phil's personal experience with psoriatic arthritis
In the months leading up to the 2010 U.S. Open, I developed pain near my ankle that made it difficult to walk, and my left index finger and right wrist felt as if they were sprained. At first, I thought these aches could be caused by years of practicing and playing golf and that they would eventually pass. Then, after two days of preparing for the U.S. Open, I awoke and the pain in my joints was so intense I could hardly get out of bed.
Once I saw my rheumatologist and received the information I needed, I felt empowered and confident that together we would find the right treatment to manage my condition.
With the support of my loved ones, I decided to act quickly and educate myself about my symptoms. I found a rheumatologist who was able to provide me with some answers as to why I was feeling so badly. In the week following the U.S. Open, I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis.
Once I saw my rheumatologist and received the information I needed to understand my symptoms, learn my diagnosis and make an informed decision for me about my treatment options, I felt empowered and confident that together we would find the right treatment to manage my condition. Since then, I have been diligent about taking my treatment and have followed my rheumatologist's recommendations to improve my overall health to help me stay "On Course" both professionally and at home. I've continued to play golf and have been able to keep doing fun things with my family, like playing catch or going for a swim or a hike. I feel good!
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