ARTHRITIS CHANGED EVERYTHING
On my worst days, my family has to help me get dressed and complete all household tasks.
I’m thankful to have such understanding kids. They are 14 and 15 now and I often feel like I’ve robbed them of a carefree childhood because they’ve had to do so much for me. At that time, I tried joint injections and had 10 joints injected at the same time – an incredibly painful experience. Thankfully, the relief from the injections lasted long enough for a new medication to take effect. Today, along with various lifestyle changes including a tailored diet, I’m doing much better.
Arthritis has also changed my marriage. I sometimes feel that my husband didn’t sign up for all of this, but he is my biggest supporter. We printed our vows and hung them on a wall in our bedroom. When I feel this way, he encourages me to read them to remind me that he did sign up for this.
“I didn’t want to live like this, so I searched for answers and found Arthritis Research Canada.”
– Lisa Harris, Arthritis Patient Advisory Board member
I want others who are experiencing the same to know that Arthritis Research Canada is working to find answers and give people their lives back.
Strength training has been found to reduce pain and improve quality of life. Looking back, I wonder if regular strength training specific to my rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis would have changed my experience.
Thank you for helping to fund vital arthritis research. After my diagnosis, I felt like arthritis kept taking parts of my life away –being active, work, goals and career aspirations, mental health, and the ability to be the mom and spouse I aspired to be.
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