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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Catherine’s resilient spirit

“An overwhelming sense of relief. It wasn’t a life-threatening diagnosis. But a nurse asked me how I was feeling and I broke down. Catherine was so active, athletic – how will she live a normal life? Will she wind up in a wheelchair?”

Posted: 13-03-2014 camp childhood arthritis diagnosis JIA sport

PainQuILT™ May Help Stamp Out Arthritis Symptoms

“PainQuILT™” is a web tool that offers a unique way for people witarthritis to describe their pain, its intensity and location. But rather than using words, the PainQuILT™ is all visual with a swell of images that correlate to the precise pain someone is feeling

Posted: 03-03-2014 pain research

CJ’s extraordinary life with arthritis

On his way to the 2011 Walk to Fight Arthritis in Ottawa, having raised $1,800 in just nine days, 9-year-old CJ Bucholtz was suffering. The bullying at school had only worsened after his diagnosis with juvenile arthritis. His medication was making him constantly nauseous. He asked his mother if he was “ordinary.” 

Posted: 01-03-2014 childhood arthritis JIA sport