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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Aboriginal study yields telling result

Research shows that Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples have three times more rheumatoid arthritis than the general population. It also tends to be more severe: less remission, more joint damage. Factors leading to this reality are related to how health care is delivered for Aboriginal Peoples.

Posted: 14-05-2015 Aboriginal access to care Alberta research rheumatoid arthritis

Top-9 nutrition tips for arthritis

Without question, maintaining a healthy diet is a good way for people with arthritis to help improve their quality of life. What you choose to eat and to avoid can best prepare your body to deal with the disease, to help manage weight, and to keep all systems as strong as possible.

Posted: 12-05-2015 nutrition

Why this mother of two walks for arthritis

As a teenager, Christy Dunn wasn’t a fan of mornings. She’d wake up with extreme pain and stiffness in her joints and knees, and it would take her a few hours into the day to finally feel good. For all she knew, that’s how all teenagers felt.

Posted: 12-05-2015 ankylosing spondylitis Prince Edward Island walk to fight arthritis

Day in the Life: Rheumatologist

Off to Ohsweken. Another busy clinic seeing patients with rheumatoid arthritis and a variety of joint problems. The drive is stress-free and gives me an opportunity to relax and enjoy the river and the countryside. Spring brings out the beauty of the country. 

Posted: 06-05-2015

Day in the Life: Researcher

One day in the lab, I was blown away to discover that patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) have higher levels of certain immune complexes. This unexpected discovery meant that AS is actually an autoimmune disease – where the body’s own immune system attacks healthy tissues. 

Posted: 06-05-2015 ankylosing spondylitis diagnosis research

Jessica Hamer and Max: Parenting a child with juvenile idiopathic arthritis

When her son Max sleeps over at his grandmother's, his mom Jessica Hamer leaves complicated instructions for giving each medication. 

Posted: 06-05-2015

​Day in the Life: Volunteer

It’s hard put into words, but what I experienced at Camp JoinTogether in Nova Scotia helped drastically change how I perceive my own chronic condition. It also re-energized my passion for working to eliminate the stigmas surrounding childhood arthritis.

Posted: 06-05-2015

​Day in the Life: Fundraiser

Why run a half marathon for The Arthritis Society? Why run 63K in one weekend for The Arthritis Society? Why raise $26,000 for The Arthritis Society?

Posted: 06-05-2015

​Day in the Life: Diagnosis

One day, in 2001, while I was training to be an RCMP officer, I finished my run and went to walk home – but I couldn’t. I was in excruciating pain. 

Posted: 06-05-2015 British Columbia

Consuelo (Contessa) Benson: A day in the life with Fibromyalgia

After playing golf one day, Contessa Benson sat down but then couldn’t get up. She was soon diagnosed with fibromyalgia – an inflammatory disease that hijacks your central nervous system, causing generalized chronic pain throughout the body – along with psoriatic arthritis.

Posted: 06-05-2015
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