I live with an inflammatory arthritis called Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS). AS is a disease where the onset of symptoms begins in the late teens and early twenties and with time will cause fusion in the spine. I have a family member diagnosed with AS and another in the process of diagnosis. On average it takes people 8 years from onset of symptoms to receive a diagnosis. As research is done and more is understood about this disease, the hope is people will be diagnosed sooner and preferably before there is fusion in the spine.
Most people believe that arthritis is an old person disease but there are over 100 different types of arthritis including JIA that affects children. There is no cure for arthritis and 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 or husband, your mother or father, your sister or brother or your children 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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