My cousin's mother and my father are siblings. We are the only ones to come down with anything like this - although my one brother gets Gout from time to time, as did my grandmother (not really the same, but it is arthritis). My mother was actually adopted so I'm not sure what's on her side of the family.
It's just crazy that we were both diagnosed in the same year. She had actually been having symptoms for almost a year before seeing the doctor. She is a beautiful girl, but she was losing weight and hair. When I saw her at Thanksgiving last year, everyone honestly thought she had an eating disorder. How bad I feel now for thinking that!
The good thing in all of this is that we are not going through these things alone. How great it is to have someone - esp. in your family to talk to!
Hope you and everyone reading this has a "feel good" day today!
[This message has been edited by Hellokitty1973 (edited 09-13-2002).]