Linda is a very active grandmother. Her daily activities include interaction with people and delights in the opportunity to serve her community as a police radio dispatcher. She enjoys ministry work, family vacations, painting, and other fun-filled activities.
Linda was living her normal busy life, until one morning life changed and she had no idea what was happening. Imagine waking up in the morning and sitting back down on the bed as soon as you stand because your legs can’t immediately support you and your ankles are stiff and feel frozen. During an office visit with her primary care physician, x-rays and blood tests revealed a couple of possibilities and she was referred to a rheumatologist. After further examination by a rheumatologist, she was diagnosed with osteoarthritis and discussed several options for treatment.
Osteoarthritis is also referred to as wear-and-tear arthritis with symptoms that are gradual and the disease progresses slowly over the years. It causes pain, swelling, stiffness, and limits range of motion in the affected joint. Although the cause of osteoarthritis is not known, the sooner the disease is confirmed, the sooner treatment can begin.
Through the Arthritis Foundation, Linda found the information and resources needed to better understand arthritis and developed strategies for managing the disease. Since being diagnosed in 2017, she has learned lifestyle modifications that are effective in managing the pain, swelling, and stiffness. She and her family participated in their very first Walk to Cure Arthritis in 2018 where she was awarded as one of the top fundraisers.
Linda is the osteoarthritis adult honoree for this year’s Walk to Cure Arthritis, Memphis. Through her involvement she hopes to show that life is affected but not defined by osteoarthritis. She has increased her fundraising goal for 2019 to support research for all types of arthritis aimed at finding a cure.
To join Linda's team, or to make a donation, visit Team Linda's team page.