Mary Jacobs, MD
Dr. Mary Jacobs is hardworking and loving to say the least. She is an adult Rheumatologist who practices at both the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital as well as at Indiana University. She is a member of the IUHP physician group and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine.
“I love providing care at both Indiana University and at Eskenazi where I have had the privilege of providing care to Marion County residents for more than 20 years,” says Dr. Jacobs. “Practicing at Eskenazi is one of the reasons I would never leave IU Health.”
Dr. Jacobs loves providing chronic care and has a particular interest in autoimmune diseases. Her clinical interests include women with autoimmune disease, especially Systemic Lupus, Sjogren’s and Rheumatoid Arthritis although she sees patients with all Rheumatic Diseases.
“I enjoy my clinic days,” says Dr. Jacobs. “I like to call it ‘seeing my girlfriends’ because that’s what my patients are to me, friends. My goal for every patient is to provide them with the ability to function in their lives while having minimum pain and disability.”
Training future doctors is also a passion of Dr. Jacobs. She loves practicing at a University and is very engaged with medical students, residents and fellows at Indiana University.
Dr. Jacobs and her husband have been married for 28 years and have two children. In her free time, Dr. Jacobs is working on her MBA in the Business of Medicine at the IU Kelly School of Business. She also enjoys biking and cooking with her husband.
Dr. Jacobs attended Harvard University as an undergraduate and the University of Illinois for Medical School. She completed her internship and residency at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital in Chicago and her Rheumatology Fellowship at Duke University in North Carolina. She was on staff at both Duke University and the University of Michigan before coming to Indiana University.
Dr. Jacobs’ commitment to her patients and excellence in care are just a few reasons why the Arthritis Foundation is thrilled to recognize her as the 2017 Jingle Bell Run Indy Medical Honoree!
In 2014, Terri Miller’s life changed forever when she started experiencing pain in her hands. She began visiting the doctor routinely in hopes of figuring out the cause.
“My pain and swollen joints moved to my elbows and ankles,” remembers Terri. “The pain, swelling and fatigue caused me to have to quit several of my favorite pastimes including running, cardio classes and boot camp classes.”
After multiple visits and abnormal blood work, Terri was referred to a rheumatologist in the fall of 2015. Her official rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis came soon after and she began aggressive treatment.
“The diagnosis definitely changed me,” says Terri. “I used to be an avid runner at lunch time and participated in many half marathons, 10Ks and 5Ks. I was struggling to move around. The diagnosis also impacted my family because I was always a mom on the go and I was having trouble keeping up!”
Finding the right medication is a trial and error process. In the past two years, Terri has been on several DMARDS, methotrexate and two biologic medications.
“I had no idea my life would revolve around taking medications with potential serious side effects and adapting to a different lifestyle,” says Terri. “I am still working to find the right medication combination, but I finally think am on the right path. RA may slow me down, but it does not stop me.”
Terri now practices yoga to help with her strength and flexibility and is an avid walker.
“The yoga has helped me gain more flexibility in my joints. Combined with the walking, I feel like I can exercise again and it makes my heart happy,” says Terri. “Even if I feel bad, after a walk or yoga, I always feel better.”
Terri has been participating in the Walk to Cure Arthritis since 2015 and last year participated in the Jingle Bell Run for the first time. Additionally, in 2016, Terri provided testimony to the Indiana Insurance House Committee in support of IN SB 41, a step therapy bill.
“RA may stink, but I am not going to let it bring me down,” says Terri. “My hope is to turn the negativity of RA into a positive one through teaching, advocacy and philanthropy. I want to also help others that have this disease and spread awareness!”
Terri’s positive attitude and willingness to help others are just a few reasons why the Arthritis Foundation is thrilled to recognize her as the 2017 Jingle Bell Run Indy Adult Honoree!
Eight-year-old Aislynn Sinn's optimism and resilience have been challenged, shaped and refined during the last five years of her life.
“Aislynn had been struggling to move off the floor and her activity had been decreasing for several months,” remembers Aislynn’s mom Lindsay.
In February 2012, Aislynn was diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis. She was put on an anti-inflammatory pain medication and scheduled for steroid injections into her knees immediately after diagnosis. She has had two subsequent steroid injections into her joints, several MRIs, and countless doctor appointments, lab draws and many infusions.
“Since diagnosis, Aislynn has had a total of six months of pain free life,” says Lindsay. “It has been a constant battle to manage her pain and stiffness ever since. She has been on many medications that she either could not tolerate or did not reduce her symptoms. The medications prescribed are scary from beginning to end. ”
Aislynn began with oral medications which then moved into injections and finally after failing these medications, she had to turn to infusions which created significant anxiety for Aislynn. Her parents sought professional counseling for the whole family to help manage this journey.
“This disease is not only taxing physically on our children, but our entire family system is stretched emotionally in ways which are surprising and difficult,” says Lindsay. “Because of our support system and faith, we are able to look back at this journey and know we are all more resilient and optimistic individuals who have learned to accept help and love in meaningful ways.”
Aislynn was eventually diagnosed with a less common subtype of juvenile arthritis, enthesitis related arthritis, which affects not only the inside of her joints, but the connective tissues around her joints. This type of arthritis is very painful and difficult to control. Currently, Aislynn receives infusions every four weeks in attempt to control her symptoms. Her family travels three hours each way for her appointments.
“Tendons in her legs were so inflamed last summer she was told she couldn’t ride her bike,” says Lindsay. “But, Aislynn’s optimism was shining as she zoomed up and down the street on her motorized scooter. Arthritis won’t hold her back, we just have learned to be creative and adapt her world to allow her to do anything she desires.”
“We need a cure,” says Lindsay. “We need to stop wondering when our children will stop hurting. We need to stop dreading the next visit to the doctor. But we also need our community to stay close and our families to stay closer. We have been blessed with the work of the Arthritis Foundation which has created space for connections between families and our community.”
Aislynn’s optimism is just one of the many reasons why the Arthritis Foundation is excited to recognize her as the 2017 Jingle Bell Run Indy Youth Honoree!