I have lived with arthritis since 2001. When I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2010, 54 joints were affected by arthritis. My RA also led me to develop fibromyalgia, endometriosis, anemia of inflammation/chronic disease, and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. I am unable to work full time. In order to manage my RA, I have an infusion once every 4 months and I take over 35 pills a day. I have had multiple surgeries due to complications from my RA, including one on March 26, 2018. While this most recent surgery was initially due to an unrelated condition, my surgeon did find arthritic damage in my ankle and needed to perform a synthetic graft to fix some of the arthritis issues. Additionally, because of this condition, I am on 4 immunosuppressants. This makes it easier for me to get sick, and it also makes it very dangerous because I could easily develop complications such as pneumonia.
But I'm not the only one. Arthritis affects more than 50 million Americans, including 300,000 children. People with arthritis face relentless pain, a frustrating search for a diagnosis, multiple doctor’s visits and treatment, missed work and school, limited mobility, a maze of medical and insurance paperwork, and the desire to live a full life without the limitations that arthritis creates.
The Walk to Cure Arthritis is the largest gathering of the arthritis community in the world, raising funds for research, resources, better treatments and a cure. More than just a walk event, it’s something even bigger than arthritis itself. I have joined the movement to improve the lives of arthritis warriors, will you be the ONE to step up and help me?
Whether you’re an arthritis warrior yourself or care about someone who is, sign up and WALK to CURE Arthritis.