Please help me find a cure for arthritis. I'm participating in the 10th Anniversary walk here in Red Deer on June 1st. I have had Juvenile Arthritis since I was a toddler, affecting every single joint causing pain, swelling, stiffness, joint deformity and cartilage wear.
I have had roughly 14 knee surgeries, with the last one being a huge one that has set me back with a deep bone infection that could've resulted in an amputation. Luckily I am healing and should be fully recovered sooner than later if all continues to go well. I also deal with other autoimmune diseases that make every day a challenge, thanks to having arthritis. I don't let anything really slow me down though, as I consider myself very Thankful that I'm still able to enjoy life and am able to laugh and still be active. I'm kinda thankful that I had it since I was young as I don't know any difference, besides that my friends can do more than me with some activities and I still tire easily.
Some people living with this disease have to quit working or quit going to school as it becomes too much painful to continue on. I once was told that there was nothing they can do for me and that I'll most likely end up being wheelchair bound, when I was a kid. Thankfully with donations coming in, there has been more research and it's been making a difference in people's lives, such as mine. Doctors are always so surprised that I'm doing as well as I am, considering where I used to be and how crippled I have been and considering I've had it for roughly 30 years.
Thank you for making a difference in my life and others who are going to be diagnosed or are living with arthritis today.
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.
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.
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!
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