As a patient with vasculitis for over 17 years, I have spent half my life with this illness. With the diagnosis comes trials and tribulations, as can be expected, however one of the most valuable and important aspects of this journey has been my caring and supportive health care team. I have been very lucky to have received quality care from a wonderful group of health care professionals. Something that I have valued most deeply is the ability to have productive conversations with my doctors and feel my voice is heard within the medical process. I want to be a voice where others may not be heard. I want to ensure the patient voice is a part of the research process in order for there to be effective and beneficial outcomes for all patients, both old, and new. My role with the VPPRN research allows me to do just that. I am very thankful to be a part of this community!