Help support those with living with arthritis
I am walking to fight arthritis to raise awareness about the disease. Until last fall, I thought arthritis was something that only older people had to deal with. Then, a month before my 30th birthday, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. For a few years until my diganosis, I thought it was an old, stubborn gym injury that would occasionally flare up. The pain was manageable but it would eventually go away. Things came to a head in September 2016 when, after spending the day at Sonic Boom, simple tasks all of us take for granted like getting in and out of bed became unbearably painful. That was my cue to see my doctor. She ordered an x-ray, which showed some erosions to the bones in my wrists. My rheumatologist confirmed these erosions were caused by rheumatoid arthritis, which he suspects I had been living with for a long time before he saw me.
Since the fall, I learned arthritis takes many forms and affects people of all ages. If you or someone you know has some unexplained pain that refuses to go away, ask your doctor to take a few minutes to look into the possibility of arthritis. The earlier you catch it, the sooner you can start treatment and limit damage to your joints.
Is there a cure?
Unfortunately, no. That said, researchers are working hard to find a cure.
How is your donation spent?
In the words of the Arthritis Society, by helping raise funds you are supporting the next advancement in research, the next great treatments and the Society’s suite of pain management programs. The Society has been the largest non-government funder of arthritis research in Canada, investing over $195 million in projects that have led to breakthroughs in the diagnosis, treatment and care of people with arthritis. I can vouch for the Society's programming as I attended their forum on rheumatoid arthritis last fall. It was educational and helped answer a lot of questions I had after I received my diagnosis.
Thank you so much for supporting the Arthritis Society!
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