My research area of interest is fatigue in patients with a chronic disease. I was educated as a nurse and worked for over 20 years as a pediatric nurse. After finishing my study as a nurse scientist at Maastricht University, I got the opportunity to become a PhD student at the Department of Rheumatology. I finished my PhD in March 2009 and the title of my PhD was "Fatigue in patient with Rheumatoid Arthritis". My career will end in 2017 because than I will retire.