Early Bird Registration is now open and Arthritis Support Network participants and fans from across the country are starting to form teams to participate in the 2017 Jingle Bell Run. We would love for you to join us for some holiday fun with your friends, family, and coworkers and raise funds for a great cause! If you can’t physically participate we even have an option for you.
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Why do I volunteer to raise funds to find a cure? Arthritis is the number one cause of disability in America. My journey with arthritis began over twenty-five years ago when I developed osteoarthritis in my left knee due to two surgeries. Six years ago, I was diagnosed with a rare form of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). I am fighting for a cure for me, for my family, and for other arthritis patients.
I traveled last weekend to Kansas City Missouri, to attend the annual gathering of the Arthritis Foundation. I have to admit I’ve been feeling a little sorry for myself lately, and a little bit afraid for what my future holds. After all, this past year I have experienced the death of my youngest brother, who had been living with the effects of Rheumatoid Arthritis for over twenty years. I was also diagnosed with RA nine months ago, and had to retire early from my full time job because of it. One of the things my brother had told me before he died is that “no one understands it”, meaning
March 6-7, 2017 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View in Arlington, Virginia!
Take action and advocate! Join Arthritis Foundation Advocates at the Advocacy Summit and become a Champion of Yes. Meet with your members of Congress and their staff.
This short testimonial is just one of the many reasons why becoming involved is so rewarding.
We are lucky to have Deb as part of our Arthritis Support Network in Wisconsin. Deb is nothing short of amazing. Deb was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 13 and wants folks to know that family, with her, comes first. She is incredibly active with her sons school, loves to scrapbook, bake and cook. It's important to note that there is really nothing that Deb does not have a hand-in when it comes to being the best possible advocate for our tribe. She really believes that having a support network around you makes all the difference in your healing journey.
You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give. -Winston Churchill
“During National Family Caregivers Month, we rededicate ourselves to making sure our selfless caregivers have the support they need to maintain their well-being and that of those they love.”~ President Barack Obama on the Proclamation of National Family Caregivers Month
Happy Fall Season to everyone in the Arthritis community! This is one of my favorite times of the year as we anticipate and prepare for the festivities of the upcoming holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. Most of us may generally feel overwhelmed as we go through the seasonal changes that come with colder weather and our bodies are experiencing more pain than usual. Then there are emotional and physical stress that comes with entertaining, shopping, and possibly cooking for holiday events with family, friends, and office parties with business associates along with co-workers.