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'Good Day' Anchor Pete Scalia Speaks about Joint Disease
COLUMBUS (Terri Sullivan/Kate Liebers) -- Rheumatoid arthritis affects thousands of Central Ohioans, one of whom is "Good Day Columbus" anchor Pete Scalia.
Scalia, who is scheduled to have double hip replacement surgery in a few weeks, recently opened up about the disease.
His symptoms have worsened since he was diagnosed 10 years ago.
"When you look at the ball of the hip joint in the socket, you should have a little healthy space in between," he said. "Right now, when you look at the x-rays of my hips, it's just bone crunching on bone."
Scalia uses a cane and experiences pain daily.
"Doing simple things like dressing myself, putting on my socks, is a real pain -- literally," he said. "My wife, Amy, has been a big help with that. It takes a long time to do simple tasks if at all."
Now that he and his wife are ready to start a family, he has been told to scale way back on pain medication.
The outpouring of support has kept him strong.
"The one message that I tried to get out to people, that they've certainly reciprocated, is that I'm not alone," Scalia said.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a painful swelling of the lining of the joints. It can eventually result in bone erosion and joint deformity.