There is no cure for arthritis – a painful and devastating disease - that is why I am participating in the Walk for Arthritis.
Today, more than 6 million Canadians are affected by arthritis. These numbers are only going to increase. By 2035, 1 in 4 Canadians will have arthritis. That means you or your wife, your mother or your brother just may have arthritis.
I AM ONE. Arthritis is prevalent in my mom's family. I THOUGHT I would NOT be one of the ones to be affected. After all... I have ALWAYS been active. I am not greatly over weight. I watch what I eat... AND NOW ACTUALLY NONE OF THAT MATTERED>> I have been fighting this for over 6 years. I have learned so much that I was actually surprised about.
The biggest surprise that I did not realize was HOW much this affects SLEEP. When my body is trying to rebuild my aches , My KILLING TIGHTING MUSCLES scream to me just when I am hoping for a good night sleep. A good night sleep to me is NOT having to get up 2 to 3 times a night. I get up to walk out the tightness, to massage my leg from hip to the top of my ankle. I get up so I don't wake Marty up with the tossing and turning. I cannot lay for more than a few minutes on either of my hips. Hip Arthritis has damaged both of my knees. My knees have been working hard to take some of the brunt of the work supporting my hips. My knees often are what slow me down and stop me from going to walk my dogs.
Recently I have been told by my doctor, my phsyio of 6 years and the newest .. my sports medicine doctor " There is nothing else they can offer me. My arthritis is being MANAGED. The femur and socket are too badly damaged. NO excercise will be able to strengthen the muscles to protect my hip. A HIP REPLACEMENT is in order. SO now I wait for the referral to the surgeon. I must really put a great THANKS to both my physio Jeff Brousseau and my Pilate instructor at Saskatoon Pilates, Kathy Bond. They have helped me manage and care for me from the start and forward. I amvery lucky to have a patient loving husband. Marty hears all of my woes and is a huge help.
Surgery is not JUST a few days in the hospital. IT is SCARY. There are so many things that could go wrong. blood clots, paralysis, permanment leg numbness, infections or still having this limp... Right now I am ready to accept those. Right now this is hopefully the best choice.. A big decision.
So PLEASE, HELP support ME in this WALK FOR ARTHRITIS.. I hope and wish that some day my family and others will not have to make this decision. No one should have to tell them "OH yes, You JUST have arthritis". There is NO JUST to having arthritis. IT is a constant issue. A constant body adjustment. A constant thought in my life of how do I do this ... today/tonight. I am CONSTANTLY aware of every body movement. I wish when someone said "How are you" I didn't have to lie and say good".
THANKS for Joining me with your support.
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