Bienvenue! Welcome to My Fundraising Page!
I am joining Canadians coast-to-coast in the Walk to Fight Arthritis. I am walking and raising funds to help find a cure and support the over 4.6 million Canadians who live with arthritis.
I myself have arthritis - axial spondyloarthropathy with peripheral involvement, to be precise! My first symptoms appeared back in early 2012, I was 19. I was completing my first year of university when suddenly; I had severe pain and stiffness in my left wrist. Months went by and eventually I couldn't open jars, hold objects or turn door knobs. More symptoms arose gradually, such as hip, lower back and knee pain, stiffness and swelling. My blood tests revealed elevated inflammation markers and soon enough, I had organ involvement as well. I was finally able to meet with a rheumatologist and I started treatments. I was originally diagnosed with connective tissue disease, but the disease progressed and was later re-diagnosed (name above). Today, I am still on multiple treatments, but arthritis affects my daily life nonetheless. A.S. primarily affects my lower back, hips, right ankle, left wrist, left shoulder and skin; however any joint or organ can be impacted on occasion or during a flare.
This cause is extremely important to me! Too often, people with arthritis are misunderstood. In general, the great majority of people do not know that there are over 100 types of arthritis and that young people are victims of the disease as well! Fortunately and unfortunately, the disease can often be invisible, which may result in a sense of loneliness and lack of support from loved ones. Just because you cannot see the pain and struggle one endures, it does not mean that this person does not suffer every single moment of their life. Arthritis has an impact on a person's emotional, spiritual, social, physical and mental well-being, it must be acknowledged!
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. There is no cure for arthritis; we need to work together to create an arthritis free future!
Please join the movement and make a donation to support this important cause.
Thank you so much!
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