Why I Walk

I Have Arthritis. Arthritis Doesn’t Have Me.

As you well know, I am big into community supports! We have such a beautiful community with lots of local supports we can access- that is if you know about them! I know a lot of people who go years, even decades, without even knowing certain organizations are at their fingertips, ready to help! I used to be so blissfully unaware of such organizations, that is until I needed them!

I have a pretty perfect husband (awww) and he is a PhD scientist researcher superhero man. When we got married in 2010 I finally learned what he did all day, every day when he rushes off to work in the morning. He works in a lab studying osteoarthritis (one of a few diagnoses I sport) and through this research he began to work pretty closely with The Arthritis SocietyI had received my diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis the year we got married and the next summer I tagged along with him and his colleagues in what was my very first Walk to Fight Arthritis walk!
That year it was raining, further irritating my condition, and I only walked the 1km.
My second walk the weather was very warm and I completed the 5km while achieving a somewhat serious sunburn!
The third year I remembered my spf50 and did a 5km walk, no worries!
My fourth year was a hard one. My illnesses piled on and I had 1 surgery under my belt. 1km achieved!
My fifth walk this past year I had my cousin, my best friend and my husband join me as I walked 1km with a cane.

So, why do I walk? Why do I raise money all year to (maybe) walk 5km in unpredictable weather with Michael and his colleagues? Why am I looking forward to spending my birthday volunteering at a fundraiser?
I walk because I am passionate about helping out to this cause that is dear to my heart.
I walk because I can. And I will continue to walk every year I am able.
I walk because I believe in The Arthritis Society. They are an amazing organization that has helped me heal in more ways than one.
I walk because Arthritis affects not only me, but my husband, family, friends, and millions of people around the world, directly or indirectly.
I walk because I want people to know that Arthritis Doesn’t Have Me!
I walk because other people can’t.
I walk because there are over 100 types of arthritis and they all suck!
I walk because arthritis has taken a toll on me emotionally, spiritually, financially, physically, and has taken so much from me including mobility, freedom, independence, and more.
I walk to change this outcome for others.

This year the walk will be on my 29th birthday.

I’ll be there. Will you?

Courtney

 

My First Walk
My First Walk
My Second Walk
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My Third Walk
My Third Walk
My Fourth Walk
My Fourth Walk
My Fifth Walk
My Fifth Walk
Courtney

Courtney

Hey! My name is Courtney and I am a wife, a mom to a pup and cat, and I just happen to have a few chronic illnesses that have drastically changed my life. I've gained a brand new perspective of life and who I want to be while I face these new challenges. I am so excited about this new phase and meeting fellow Chronic Warriors! Please join me! Love and Gentle Hugs xx Courtney

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