I Belong to a New Medical Care Group, Arthritis

I have survived many medical issues over the last 40 years. Each one is associated with a medical care group. Unfortunately, I am now part of a new one. Do I get frequent client points at the hospital?

Some people are born with great genetics. I have a friend who at 61 still runs long distances. I, on the other hand, have been blessed with a diversity of disease states. Each one has an associated charity.

Here are mine so far:

Asthma – The Lung Association of Canada

Pituitary Adenoma – Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada

Kidney Cancer – The Kidney Foundation of Canada

Bladder Tumor – Bladder Cancer Canada

Prostate Cancer – Canadian Cancer Society.

NOW I have a new one … Arthritis. Yep I am getting old. Osteo-arthritis in my right ankle. Looking at surgery to fuse the ankle.

I received a timely email from the Arthritis Society that outlines the impact of this disease.

Wow, six million Canadians have arthritis, but those who live with the diagnosis say its impact on their lives is too often diminished. More than 79 per cent of respondents in a recent poll by the Arthritis Society said people don’t take the disease seriously.

“Arthritis is very serious,” says Trish Barbato, President and CEO of the Arthritis Society. “It’s Canada’s most common chronic health condition and it has a devastating impact on people – causing pain, restricted mobility and a diminished quality of life. And sadly, there is no cure.” And I can attest to that. I can barely walk now.

During September, the Arthritis Society is marking Arthritis Awareness Month by aiming to raise 1 million voices and $1 million in support of these six million people with arthritis.

Throughout the month, the Arthritis Society will be calling on Canadians to add to their voice to the chorus of people saying, “Arthritis wont’ stop me,” and inviting them contribute to finding solutions.

Arthritis Awareness Month will also be highlighted by engaging fundraising events and webinars and important updates on the latest in arthritis research.

Learn more at www.arthritis.ca/1for6million.

Arthritis facts

  • Arthritis is a collection of over 100 conditions affecting joints and other tissues.
  • 1 in 5 Canadians live with arthritis, a number expected to grow to 1 in 4 by 2040.
  • Over half of people with arthritis are under 65.
  • Nearly 60 per cent of people with arthritis are women.
  • As many as 24,000 children have arthritis.
  • There is no cure – yet – meaning people must face the devastating impact of arthritis for the rest of their lives once they are diagnosed.

Gone are my days of running marathons and triathlons. Even a long walk is very painful. I have limited pain medications because of adverse reactions I have with them. I am left with orthotics and a bulky brace. Those are my options until I can get into the hospital for foot surgery.

Yes me and the Queensway Carleton Hospital are good friends. With all my ailments, I’ve been there quite a bit. And that’s another charity to think about.

We are all affected by health challenges at some point. I invite you to give to the Arthritis Society in September.

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