Yes, here it is again - my annual plea for your money to help those with arthritis, including me! There is no cure for arthritis – a painful and devastating disease - that is why I am participating in the Walk for Arthritis.
I have had several types of arthrits for many years now. In 2014 I had 2 surgeries to replace both of my knees. I have been doing fairly well since then, except for a short period after my second surgery, when I had to go back into hospital for an infection that developed in my right knee surgical incision site. That was a scary and painful time. Luckily the infection was cleared and the knee healed well. I spent 5 weeks doing rehabilitation as an in-patient at G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre in Vancouver after the first operation. This was a long time to be in hospital and away from my family & friends!
Currently I am waiting for both of my hips to be replaced. My surgeon wants me to wait for the surgery "until I can no longer tolerate the pain"!!! I am afraid that time is almost here. I have troubles sleeping now because of my pain from rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Pain is ever present during my days as well.
I also suffer from Lupus and Sjogren's Disease. Both are types of arthritis that affect different parts of the body. I take many medications to try to alleviate my painful symptoms. I am worried that eventually my Sjogren's Disease will rob me of my sight....
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, your brother, or a close friend 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/or making a donation to support this important cause!
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