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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Arthritis changed him, he changed others

There is a seven-year-old boy in Burlington, Ontario who has never known a life without pain. That’s what his rheumatologist says. Clues had long been stacking up – the swollen big toe, the right wrist that didn’t bend, the inability to pedal his bike.

Posted: 25-03-2015 Childhood arthritis Fundraising Juvenile Arthritis Ontario Walk to fight arthritis

I am brave

My name is Owen.  I’m 8 and I have arthritis.  A lot of people think kids don’t get arthritis.  Mine started when I was 6. It’s called JIA and it runs in my family. My Nanna has it too.    

Posted: 17-03-2015 childhood arthritis JIA

Meet Newfoundland’s pediatric rheumatologist

Meet Dr. Paul Dancey, the sole doctor in Newfoundland and Labrador who specializes in children with arthritis and other rheumatic diseases. If you peek at his patient files, you’ll discover the prevalence of childhood arthritis in Canada’s most easterly province. 

Posted: 17-03-2015 childhood arthritis Newfoundland rheumatologist

Funding keeps alive vital child registry

 The Society will invest $300,000 to keep alive the Registry in Arthritis in Canadian Children (ReACCH), which since 2005 has tracked Canadian youth newly diagnosed with arthritis.

Posted: 05-03-2015 childhood arthritis Juvenile arthritis research

A united front against childhood arthritis

March is for the children forced into the world of arthritis. It is for their parents who face uncertainty, daily battles, a flood of clinic visits, and who know they must stay strong for their sons and daughters.

Posted: 01-03-2015 | Author: ​Janet Yale Childhood arthritis Juvenile arthritis research