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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Limitless Lemon

Tasha Page's brother calls her a lemon.  But it is meant affectionately – lucky for him!  Ever since Tasha and Ben were old enough to know what calling something a “lemon” meant, he has used it to describe his sister.  It started with the old Westfalia that their family had when Tasha and Ben were young.  The Westfalia always broke down, and, “my brother started calling me a lemon because I broke down too.”

Posted: 22-06-2016 British Columbia

A hockey scholarship, despite arthritis!

It was a proud grandma who wrote to us to share a recent decision made by her grandson, Rob.  When Rob Pritchard received his MBA from Boston University, his grandma, Jocelyn, asked him if he minded if she gave a donation to an organization of his choice, rather than a monetary gift to him personally.  Rob loved the idea and when asked to suggest an organization, he promptly replied “The Arthritis Society”.  Rob explained his reason when he spoke with us recently.

Posted: 22-06-2016 British Columbia childhood arthritis

No Quit Violet

Violet Holmes has run many marathons including ones in Honolulu, Boston, Vancouver and Kelowna.  Running one marathon is impressive enough, but Violet is different than your average marathon runner – she only started running at age 62, ran her first marathon at 65 and now, almost 80, she has no intention of giving it up.  This is also very personal for Violet on many levels, as she took up marathoning to honour her daughter, Mary-Lou, who is living with  rheumatoid arthritis. 

Posted: 21-06-2016 British Columbia Rheumatoid Arthritis

Pregnancy and Arthritis – Rheanna’s Story

Having a baby can be an incredibly exciting time, one full of questions, surprises and a full range of emotions! And when you are expecting your first child while living with arthritis, it can take this experience to a whole new level.

Posted: 21-06-2016 Ankylosing Spondylitis British Columbia

Life with arthritis - set to music...

Auliya is a fighter.  Her mother gave birth to her alone in her house in Silva Bay - the paramedics didn't make it in time - and her mom jumped into action right away, giving her newborn infant CPR to get her breathing started.   It was quite an entry into the world.

Posted: 21-06-2016

“Asking for help doesn’t make you weak…”

It was an important and pivotal realization for Wanda Huynh, but it wasn’t one she came to easily.  When she was diagnosed at seventeen with juvenile polyarthritis, having a double hip replacement at nineteen was somewhere in the realm of the furthest things from her mind.

Posted: 21-06-2016 British Columbia

I realized I wasn't alone...

"My name is Kaajal, and I am seventeen years old.  I was recently diagnosed with Polyarticular-Rheumatoid Factor Positive Juvenile Arthritis.  This is a kind of arthritis that is in multiple joints and also means I test positive for rheumatoid arthritis.  Except I am a kid.  Before my diagnosis, I had no idea that kids could even get arthritis.

Posted: 21-06-2016

Hi, I'm Ryan...

At just 16 years old, Ryan Dekker received shocking news that started him on an unexpected journey.  A journey that has also become a catalyst.  Ryan shares his story here:

Posted: 16-06-2016 British Columbia

Giving back…with experience.

“The key is not to be alone.” These are the words Margaret Waite has lived by as she has given her compassion and experience to help people avoid the feeling of isolation that can often come when living with arthritis.  “People don’t ‘get it’ if you look okay,” Margaret shares when asked about her own experience living with rheumatoid arthritis, “…and I want to help those I can…to bring them up to speed on education and treatments.”  Margaret is one of the original members of the Hang Tough Arthritis Support Group in the TriCities area - which originally began as the Coquitlam Arthritis Support Group -  and in her own life she says, “…the support group and friends have made all the difference.” 

Posted: 16-06-2016 British Columbia Rheumatoid Arthritis

Walking Tall

This story is about Deanna Tall, and although her last name provides a convenient title, it also captures perfectly the courageousness of a decision that she made.  From a very young age, Deanna knew that something wasn't quite right with her body.  Dislocated fingers and hyperflexibility were part of her daily life, and she had to be especially careful not to injure herself.  Not so easy when you are young and active and just want to have a regular life like the other kids.Walking Tall

Posted: 16-06-2016 British Columbia
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