My niece Kim was diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis when she was a toddler. The Alberta and NW Territories Arthritis Society featured her story on their Facebook page in May. Read her story below to get an idea of what her life has been like and her incredible spirit. I'm walking with her and many family members on her team "Cushioned Joints" June 1 in Red Deer, so please consider donating to this very worthy cause.
Kim Burkin of Red Deer has had at least 14 surgeries on her knees because of arthritis. Read her #WalkwithusWednesday #ArthritisWontStopMe story.
"I have had Juvenile Arthritis since I was a toddler, affecting every single joint causing pain, swelling, stiffness, joint deformity and cartilage wear.
My last surgery was a huge one that set me back with a deep bone infection that could've resulted in an amputation. Luckily, I am healing and should be fully recovered 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 and I still tire easily.
Some people living with this disease have to quit working or quit going to school as it becomes too painful to continue on. When I was a kid, I was told that there was nothing they could do for me and that I'd most likely end up being wheelchair-bound. Thankfully. with donations coming in, there has been more research to help make 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. Help me find a cure."
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