How to be an Empowered Patient with SLE, RA or Other Chronic Conditions

Ask the Expert: Marie Barry's tips on the importance of being an empowered patient for individuals with Lupus and RA.

Marie Barry shares her tips on how to be an empowered patient with RA and other chronic conditions in this informative web chat. Ms. Barry discusses how she went from overwhelmed to in control as shes managed three chronic diseases- rheumatoid arthritis (RA), systemic lupus and Sjogrens syndrome for the past 16 years. Share your experience and join the conversation on

Marie Barry is a biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries consultant. She formerly served as Director of international business at the ALZA Corporation, a Johnson & Johnson Company. She is also a member of the advisory council at the Institute of Immunology, Transplantation and Infection at Stanford University Medical Center. An alumna of Santa Clara University, she is a member of the Universitys Board of Regents, founding chair of the College of Arts and Sciences Leadership Board and a past president of the national Alumni Association.

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*The Ask the Expert Series is not intended to be a substitute for healthcare professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Speak to your healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding your health.*