Lauren's Fundraising Page
On June 4th, along with my family and friends, I’m fundraising for and taking part in the Walk to Fight Arthritis. On top of knowing many people with arthritis (both young and old), this is a deeply personal cause for me because I was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) last year. It took over three years to figure out, and I’m still not at a point of effective disease management.
Arthritis and Chronic Illness – Its Impact on My Life
AS is a type of spinal arthritis that affects the neck, thoracic spine, lower back and sacro-iliac (SI) joints. On top of severe joint pain and inflammation in my spine and most major joints, I struggle daily with a rotating mix of other physical and mental symptoms – from difficulty swallowing, muscle weakness and pinched nerves, to difficulty concentrating and stress.
Each week, I juggle appointments, tests, treatments and medications. I exercise and stretch throughout the day to be able to do everyday activities, all while attempting to work when I can and find a realistic balance of social activities.
Simply put, I’m often consumed by my arthritis, and I know I’m not the only one.
Support My Team - A 'Joint' Effort
The Walk to Fight Arthritis raises funds for research and care programs, and to improve the lives of those with the disease. It also aims to combat the misconception that only the elderly have it, and to raise awareness about the many types of arthritis and just how deeply it can impact your life. After all, over 4 million Canadians are living with it.
There are many ways to support this cause. My team, A ‘Joint’ Effort, is collecting donations and teammates – you can join our team and walk with us for only $25, or join and commit to raise $100 to have the $25 fee waived.
Every dollar counts, but so does every share and like. Thank you in advance to everyone who supports this cause.
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