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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Setting the pace for a new kind of journey

Danielle was an active eleven year old, and had a real talent for soccer.  As a goalie, she was used to relying on her reflexes to catch what was coming at her, and to make the save.  But after diving for ball during a game, she realized something was wrong.  What at first was thought to be a broken wrist, never healed.  Suddenly, it was both of her wrists that became sore and swollen, and then both knees within a couple of weeks.

Posted: 20-06-2017 British Columbia Juvenile Ideopathic Arthritis

Why I Walk

“Because I can.  But sometimes I can’t.”  This may seem like a strange thing for a 30 year old woman to say, but arthritis has challenged Eileen Davidson in every way imaginable.  Eileen joined the Vancouver Walk to Fight Arthritis in 2017, and walked with thousands of other British Columbians across the province to raise awareness and funds for research.  Research that will help improve the lives of people living with this unforgiving disease, other people just like herself.  Here, Eileen shares why she chose to become a part of the Walk to Fight Arthritis.

Posted: 20-06-2017 British Columbia Eileen Osteoarthritis Rheumatoid Arthritis

The Making of a Rheumatologist

What's the recipe for a rheumatologist?  Blake Knoll can tell you.  Now in his twenties and looking toward a future of studying and practicing medicine, his own life experiences are helping to shape the doctor he will become. 

Posted: 19-06-2017 Blake Knoll British Columbia Rheumatoid Arthritis

The Scotiabank Charity Challenge

Are you interested in trying out Canada’s most scenic Half-Marathon?  More than 6,000 participants run past beaches and mountains, finishing in Vancouver’s gorgeous Stanley Park! The Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon is right around the corner on June 25, and you can still register to be a part of it!  Make every step count by signing up and fundraising for The Arthritis Society as part of the Scotiabank Charity Challenge. 

Posted: 13-06-2017 British Columbia Scotiabank Charity Challenge


Congratulations to all the winners of the Gert Vorsteher award!

Posted: 13-06-2017 British Columbia Gert Vorsteher award Kris Harrison

Provincial Pediatric Pain Symposium – Register now for September

Our community partner, Pain BC, is holding the Second BC Provincial Pediatric Pain Management Symposium September 22 - 24, 2017. We are pleased to tell you about this event, and to share that The Arthritis Society, BC & Yukon Division, is a proud sponsor.

Posted: 13-06-2017 British Columbia Pain BC

Zoe's Story

Trail had its first-ever Walk to Fight Arthritis this year, and it was largely inspired by a very brave seven year old girl.  Her name is Zoe, and for the people in Trail, she is the reason they came out to support this important cause.  Because seven year olds aren’t supposed to have arthritis.   You can read Zoe’s story here…

Posted: 13-06-2017 Arthritis British Columbia Ideopathic Juvenile Walk to Fight Arthritis

A resounding thank you from across the province!

Thank you British Columbia! It was a record-setting year for The Walk to Fight Arthritis, both for funds raised and the number of participants – all thanks to you!  Over $1.25 million was raised in over 40 communities across the country!  In BC, Walks took place in Vancouver, Trail, Kelowna, Prince George, Parksville and Victoria, and each one was memory-making!  There were special guests and meaningful stories told by people in each community, which united everyone in this important cause.  This day wouldn't have been possible without the energy and enthusiasm of everyone involved, whether you were a walker, a fundraiser, sponsor or volunteer.  Because of your commitment, we are closer to funding a cure, and we are grateful. 

Posted: 13-06-2017 British Columbia Walk to Fight Arthritis