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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A life-defining diagnosis

“I decided I could either be a victim or decide to do better than that and help other people,” Heather says. “I needed to help others who felt lost. I needed to give back.”

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The autoimmune expeditionist

Two weeks after his honeymoon, Peter Marshall was in intensive care, in severe pain and coughing up blood. There, he learned that he was in a statistically unlikely situation: he had Wegener’s Granulomatosis (WG), a rare and incurable form of arthritis seen in only one in 100,000 people.

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‘It was such a marvelous thing he did’

One December in the Okanagan town of Peachland, B.C., 15 down-on-their-luck war veterans opened their mailboxes to discover bank money orders in their names. An anonymous letter assured them it was no joke: they were to cash it and enjoy it.

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‘The values I’ve learned outweigh the pain’

A blossoming basketball player and track athlete, Nicole Cooke was looking forward to high school sports. But things began to unravel for her during the summer prior, at an elite basketball camp, where she started experiencing pain and lack of mobility.

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