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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Canadians helping Canadians

With many forms of arthritis on the rise in Canada, there continues to be no shortage of work for The Arthritis Society. We do not accomplish this work ourselves, however. The happy truth is that Canadians are supporting Canadians, fueled by the spirit of giving.

Posted: 18-12-2014 | Author: ​Janet Yale

Filling a gap in care

Matthew Sholdice has had rheumatoid arthritis since he was three. When the 11-year-old visits the Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre to see Dr. Roberta Berard – the only pediatric rheumatologist in southwestern Ontario – he first meets Sue MacQueen of The Arthritis Society.

Posted: 05-12-2014 childhood arthritis Juvenile Arthritis Ontario physiotherapy Rheumatoid Arthritis rheumatologist

Water: secret weapon in the fight against osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis, the world’s most common joint disease, is marked by the ongoing breakdown of cartilage – the tissue that cushions joints and protects bones. Cartilage is actually made mostly of water, moving in and out of cells. Does water hold a clue to how cartilage breaks down and how osteoarthritis develops?

Posted: 02-12-2014 osteoarthritis pain research