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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Georgia fell.

It was the sort of innocent tumble that could happen to any toddler. But Georgia just didn’t seem to bounce back, and she still had swelling days later. A visit to the family doctor, a blood test, and a referral to McMaster Children’s Hospital followed, leading to a diagnosis: polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis. A big disease for a little girl: Georgia was just 18 months old.

Posted: 23-04-2015

‘You’ll learn not to be afraid’

Laurie Proulx is intimately familiar with how childhood arthritis doesn’t end in adulthood. It affected her ability to find work, get a benefits plan, ability to have a baby, and establish a family. “There is a whole set of hurdles that face these children that follow them through their lives,” she says.

Posted: 10-04-2015