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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Courage and inspiration

Abigaël Walker’s chronic cough, which started when she was three, had doctors suspecting asthma – and, during its outbreak, even H1N1. As years passed, her lungs worsened and inflammation spread. In November 2012, Abigaël saw a rheumatologist in Montreal and was diagnosed with chronic relapsing polychondritis, a rare rheumatic disease. She was nine.

Posted: 21-05-2014 camp childhood arthritis polychondritis Quebec

Fighting arthritis by fundraising

Start running at age 62 and finish your first marathon three years later. By age 78 you’ve run 13 separate marathons, including Boston three times – a little over one per year. Fundraise tirelessly for each. One more thing: you have osteoarthritis in your neck, spine and lower back. 

Posted: 05-05-2014 exercise fundraising osteoarthritis