My pal Lisa Walters (Bloggess of Damsel In A Dress and contributor to Hello Giggles, Huffington Post and more) and I are this years ambassadors for the Arthritis Society of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Walk To Fight Arthritis. I guess that means I’ll be doing a lot of Ambassading…which I think means interviews, articles and generally trying to raise awareness for Arthritis and the upcoming walk.
Aside from the obvious “I have Arthritis” that makes me want to help out, I want to inform folks that arthritis isn’t just the “stiffness pain that old folks get” which I feel most people think it is. There are over 100 forms of arthritis and all are painful and debilitating. 80% of Canadians will suffer from some form of arthritis in their lifetime. Juvenile Idiopathic arthritis affects children. Imagine a child unable to move, in pain, not knowing why.
There is no cure for arthritis. Treatments can help, but diagnosis can often take years. So more study needs to be done to alleviate the symptoms and more focused training for medical personnel to see the signs to speed up diagnosis.
Please check out the website, sign up for the walk and donate. 1 in 6 Canadians has arthritis. That means someone you know is struggling with it.
The walk itself is scheduled for Sunday June 7th. You can read all about it and join up here: