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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Brian Friesen - "Don't Stop Looking"

Brian Friesen had his first surgery at age twenty three.  It was one of twelve surgeries to try and fix his shoulders - four surgeries on his left shoulder, and eight on his right.  “Playing sports in high school wreaked havoc on my body.  I have arthritis in my hands, right ankle, left knee and my neck, but the real story is about my shoulders,” Brian shared.  In his early twenties, his shoulders would often dislocate multiple times a day, so surgery was the best option.  

Posted: 01-06-2015 British Columbia