Your Stories

This Arthritis Society’s Your Stories blog features stories of those living with arthritis, those pursuing breakthrough research for a cure, and other Canadians touched by a disease. It takes courage and effort to live with chronic pain – see how others have learned to live well with arthritis. If you are interested in posting your own story, please email us at

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Uniting Canada to Erase the Pain

For six months, Canadians (and others) have reached out to The Arthritis Society at with personal stories of how arthritis has changed their lives. From these accounts, we’ve worked hard to glean the highest priorities for action in improving the quality of life, access to care, and available treatments for those who live with arthritis.

Posted: 15-04-2014 | Author: ​Janet Yale Erase the Pain

Their 2-year-old facing arthritis, a family reaches out

When the invitation arrived in the mail for an Arthritis Society Family Day at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, I knew we had to be there. I had to learn all I could about what my daughter was going to go through. 

Posted: 14-04-2014 childhood arthritis Family Day JIA

Jen Solmes: Living and battling psoriatic arthritis

Jen Solmes awoke at age 19 to find her leg bent at the knee. Her university’s health office told her to stay off her feet for a month, but over that time her pain magnified. 

Posted: 09-04-2014 biologics medication pregnancy psoriatic arthritis research