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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And the beat goes on…

Tiny dancer Olivia was just 3 years old on a family vacation when something seemed… off. Her parents noticed she wasn’t smiling like she used to, her jaw was in a different position and she wasn’t the bright and happy child they knew. Since parents Laura and Don both work in healthcare, they knew something was up and they took their daughter to the hospital. 

Posted: 22-03-2017 arthritis idiopathic juvenile Ontario

Is Big Data a "big deal" in Canadian Healthcare?

As part of an important initiative, researchers at Arthritis Research Canada have partnered with various patient organizations to learn more about the views of patients and the public regarding the use of Big Data for health research.  Big Data, in health care, is large and complex sets of data that have information routinely collected on patients’ health and their use of health care systems.  Information may include their reason for visiting a hospital, laboratory results, doctor’s notes, and medication prescribed.

Posted: 07-03-2017

Congratulations to Dr. Shahin Jamal!

We are very happy to share that Dr. Shahin Jamal has been appointed as the UBC Adult Rheumatology Postgraduate Program Director.  As part of our extended Arthritis Society family, here's a little more background on this very accomplished and committed rheumatologist!

Posted: 07-03-2017

Vote Arthritis BC!

As most of you are no doubt aware, the next provincial election in British Columbia will be held on May 9, 2017.  Elections are an excellent opportunity to bring information, positions and ideas forward to candidates to seek their support should they win office.  In short – the timing is perfect to make some noise about arthritis in BC!

Posted: 07-03-2017