My name is Christina Rafferty and I have lived with Rheumatoid Arthritis since I was 26 years old and know the importance of the research that is done as a result of the fundraising efforts - that is why I am participating in the Walk for Arthritis. My story of RA started when I was 26 years old, working, playing baseball and going out with friends enjoying life. One day my fingers were swollen and sore, a week later sore toes, a couple weeks later sore wrists and ankles. After a couple months it spread to my shoulders, elbows and knees. Stairs, opening car doors with one hand, changing clothes, even cleaning dishes resulted in alot of pain. Such simple tasks took longer and were so painful. Once diagnosed I was able to start medications that cleared up most of my pain and swelling. I have changed to stronger medications after having my children and am greatful that there are options to cope with this illness.
There is no cure for arthritis – a painful and devastating disease that affects all ages, even children. What we can do is raise money to go towards programs and research. As the prevalence of arthritis increases, so does the demand for investment into cutting-edge research, proactive advocacy and innovative information and support that will deliver better health outcomes for people affected by arthritis. To give you an idea of some of the research that is done here are three of the projects from 2018: An app for teens with arthritis was developed, the safety of biologics in pregnancy was explored, and unlocking the secrets of inflamation in Rheumatoid Arthritis.
This year the Walk for Arthritis is celebrating its 10th year - help make this the best year ever by joining the Walk for Arthritis community and supporting this important cause! Consider walking as part of my team or contributing with a donation.
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