Support the Arthritis Research Foundation in the 2013 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon/Half Marathon and 5k Charity Challenge on October 20.
As someone who is living with a form of arthritis called Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), Andrew knows the importance of our research all too well. In 2007 Andrew was diagnosed with what he thought was a mild case of AS but only two years later, in 2009, he realized it was far more serious than simply aches and pains.
The AS attacked his knees, ankles, back and rib joints. Within 6 months he had to take a leave of absence from work because the pain was so severe. Sneezing almost reduced him to tears because of the tightness in his joints. In December of 2009, he started taking one of the biologic drugs and within 2 weeks was skiing; within 9 months he was running 5km races again.
I want to make sure that the research like that done at the Arthritis & Autoimmunity Research Centre continues so that we learn how to turn the disease off, before it turns on, so that my children never have to suffer.”
Myth: Arthritis is an old person's disease
Fact: Arthritis is not just a disease of the elderly: 3 out of 5 Canadians with arthritis are under 65 years of age and it is among the most common chronic diseases in children. An estimated one in 1,000 Canadian children below age 16 live with juvenile arthritis.
Myth: Arthritis is just aches and pain
Fact: Arthritis has an enormous impact on quality of life. Having arthritis may result in extended periods of pain and suffering, reduced sleep, hospitalization, surgery, depression and even unemployment. In turn, these personal impacts cause an annual economic burden in Canada at an estimated $4.4 billion.
For more information about the Arthritis Research Foundation, please visit us online at www.beatarthritis.ca.
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