Please support Team Kadi during the Walk for Arthritis as we unite people living with arthritis to fund a cure and improve the lives of those living with arthritis.
Kadi shares her story below:
As a teenager I was a gymnast representing BC at the National Championships. Following an infection, I had flare ups of pain - one day I couldn’t raise my arm, the next day my ankle was sore and swollen. I was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis at age 16. This is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells causing inflammation.
I had constant fatigue, pain in my wrists, fingers, and many of my joints. The pain and fatigue prevented me from fully participating in my sport and I was exhausted from daily activities and school.
Since starting biologic medications I began to feel much better, my pain became manageable and my energy improved. With physiotherapy and connecting with others through the Arthritis Society my quality of life drastically improved. I now work as a physiotherapist helping people to overcome barriers to reach their personal goals.
Today, more than 6 million Canadians are affected by arthritis. It is Canda's leading chronic disease affecting people of all ages, not just elderly. The statistics show that more than 50 percent of those people are under 65. These numbers are only going to increase. By 2035, 1 in 4 Canadians will 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 making a donation to support this important cause!