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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Rock star fundraiser

Over the past two years, Sebastian has raised $2,000 for the Walk to Fight Arthritis by taking it upon himself to sell cupcakes, hold penny drives, and bring others onboard – a one-boy fundraising campaign.

Posted: 24-07-2014 childhood arthritis fundraising JIA Walk to Fight Arthritis

Escaping the hospital bed

When Rheanna Sidhu became pregnant in 2012, she faced a dire dilemma. She had no assurance that the biologics she was taking for her arthritis would be safe for her unborn baby (research in the area was scarce). So she made the difficult decision to stop her medication. The result: her arthritis spun out of control.

Posted: 23-07-2014 ankylosing spondylitis biologics education pregnancy

Changing minds in the classroom

“One boy asked why I was doing a presentation about ‘some stupid disease’ like juvenile arthritis.” 

Posted: 17-07-2014 childhood arthritis JIA Walk to Fight Arthritis