There is no cure for arthritis, a painful and devastating disease that has affected me personally, and that is why I am participating in the Walk for Arthritis.
Here is my story... In 2012, I began experiencing fatigue and muscle pain that did not get better with rest and was not responsive to over the counter anti-inflammatory drugs. Months later, I had pain in my neck, back and hips that would wake me in the night. My family doctor didn't know what was going on, my family couldn't understand or help and I was at a loss. I was diagnosed over two years later with Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) and when treatment for that didn't deal with all my symptoms and flares of pain, I was only recently diagnosed with a second type of arthritis called Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR).
My story isn't special as arthritis manifests in many different ways and each story is unique. 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 partner, 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, education and delivery of innovative solutions that will deliver better health outcomes for people affected by arthritis. These are the areas that are the priorities of The Arthritis Society.
Please join me in supporting this important cause either by donating to support my walk or, even better, join my team ("AS in Gear") and walk with us Sunday June 3.
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