When the pain crept into her life for the first time, Ronja Wedel* had just finished high school. She wanted to study, preferably art history. But suddenly her hands began to ache and her fingers became stiff. She was particularly plagued by the symptoms in the mornings – so bad that she found it difficult to grab something after getting up. Open a jam jar for breakfast? Unthinkable. She was in her early 20s then.

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