Welcome to My Fundraising Page!
PSA - (if you don’t want to read till the bottom, please at least please donate to the cause <3 xo
Anyways May is arthritis month and this year im going to be raising money for a cause very dear to my heart. For those of you who don’t know, in January of this year, 2017, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Rheumatoid Arthritis. This disease, also known as RA, is a serious chronic illness causing severe pain and inflammation.
Now you might think you have RA, because you see arthritis and assume it’s the regular wear and tear kind. But RA is more complicated because it means that you have a condition where your body is constantly trying to fight your joints. This is because it believes they are viruses.
Rheumatoid arthritis affects not only many joints throughout the body but it greatly deteriorates your over health, causing fatigue, a low immune system, constant pain and issues with major organs. Not only is it extremely painful, but there is no cure and for many, means a life with handfuls of medication. For me, this affects my wrists, knees and shoulders the most, and the pain can feel like shards of glass. Or on worse days, it can feel like the time I sprained my ankle. This was definitely not something I thought I would ever have to deal with in my 20’s.
These past few months have been an upward battle but in a way, just a steeper learning curve. It’s a struggle attending school, something that’s already stressful, as well as balancing all aspects of the disease. I was and still am, attending constant doctors and rheumatologist appointments and I’ve had enough x-rays, MRIs and bloodwork to last a lifetime. But I couldn’t have done it without many of you. I want to thank you for your patience and understanding. And the constant support that you’ve provided me with during this extremely difficult and challenging time.
Finally, this brings me to the point of this post. This year I am going to be participating in Canada’s Walk to Fight Arthritis, with a first-year goal to raise at least $250. I don’t think that’s a lot but it I have never done a walk or run before, so this is new to me. The catch here is I only have 45 days to do it since I was a little late to jump on the bandwagon.
In Canada there over 4.6 million living with many different kinds of arthritis. The money raised will go to support research, treatment, and funding for diagnoses and care for people with arthritis all over the country. So far at The Arthritis 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.
“We need to work together to create an arthritis-free future, so please join the movement and make a donation to support this cause.” -The Arthritis Society
Thank you so much and I hope you’ll donate! <3
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