When I was 11 years old I began having neck pain, knee pain and I could no longer do a lot of the things i loved to do like running without my knees giving out under me. My knee's would swell so large that pants would be cut off of me in the emergency room and they could never guess what was going on. It wasn't until I was 14 years old that i was finally sent from my small rural town to a city for a MRI scan and i was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. By this time my knee no longer straighten nor could hold any weight. They did operate and my knee improved but not much until my condition went into remission in my early twenties. After the JRA went into remission osteoarthritis moved in and started taking it's own attack on my already damaged joints. CT scans and MRI's show a much advanced arthritis not usually seen on someone who hasn't reached 40 years of age yet.
There is no cure. And JRA is often hereditary. This is why I am participating in this walk. My story is only one of more than 6 million Canadians that live with 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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