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 Society. I 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?