Welcome to Nancy's Fundraising Page!
It's 14 years since I got arthritis, and I'm happy to say that things couldn't be better!
My disease hit like a rock on New Years Day 2003. I went from able-bodied to disabled within 3 days. We thought I was dying and started picking songs for my funeral. It took a long time to get a diagnosis due to some mis-steps and the SARs crisis: I had Rheumatoid Arthritis. The future looked very bleak since I had a grandparent on each side of the family who had been very severely disabled by this disease.
Fast forward 13 years and I'm almost thankful I became ill. The drugs are working beautifully so I'm almost 100% able-bodied again. Along the way, I've met all sorts of people who have become great friends. I also get to volunteer in "Patient Partners in Arthritis" where we help with the Rheumatology teaching at the University of Toronto medical school. Meanwhile, I was able to build a medical resume that let me jump to the career of my dreams working on the IBM Watson Computer helping to match patients to clinical trials. Watson is the computer that won Jeopardy in 2011.
This is my 8th year in the Arthritis Walk, and to date my friends and family have kindly contributed just shy of $19,000 to the cause, and our team has raised more than $40,000. The Arthritis Society makes great use of these donations for a combination of research and patient services that make a big difference to arthritis patients.
Thank you for any donation you can share to help them continue their good work. If you prefer to give by cash or cheque, please feel free to call me and I'll visit with the proper forms. …..N
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