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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Camp Made all the Difference...

Life with arthritis can be shocking and unpredictable.  Kadi Nicholson was only 15 years old when she was diagnosed with arthritis, and had to accept this new unwelcome lifelong companion at a time when her plans and goals were leading her down a distinctive path.  Kadi had been training her entire life to represent BC as a national level gymnast.

With her diagnosis, life changed drastically, and it was her experience as a Camp Counsellor at The Arthritis Society’s Camp Capilano for children with arthritis, that helped her to find a new focus.  Kadi shares her story here.


Posted: 25-05-2016

Meghan Borland, top individual fundraiser

In 2014, Meghan was living in Korea teaching English when she awoke one morning and could hardly move. She was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis. Now, she's a top individual fundraiser in the country for the Walk to Fight Arthritis.

Posted: 13-05-2016

5,400km to treatment

Meet Blair, Peterborough Walk to Fight Arthritis Ambassador 2016

Posted: 13-05-2016

Hi, I'm Ryan

At just 16 years old, Ryan Dekker recently received shocking news that is taking him on an unexpected journey.  A journey that has also become a catalyst.  Ryan shares his story here:

Posted: 11-05-2016

Perseverance and Pragmatism Personified

"I don't let it overshadow anything positive."  True to her words, Rachael Kimola doesn't.  Goal setting and an incredible sense of drive have gotten her through major challenges and obstacles in her life, starting from a very young age. 

Posted: 11-05-2016

A Mentor Among Us

For Marianna Paulson, it began as sore toes and fingers the day after playing co-ed hockey in university thirty-five years ago.  Read more...

Posted: 09-05-2016 British Columbia Rheumatoid Arthritis

Mummy, there’s a horse in the yard

Roger and his horse licorice go door-to-door to fundraise for The Society. 

Posted: 01-05-2016

Brandon Arthritis Support Group & Linda Lawson

Brandon volunteers make a big impact: Salute to Support Group and outgoing President, Linda Lawson

Posted: 01-05-2016

Transition to volunteer-based arthritis education program delivery: Thank you Bonnie Hopps for 30+ years of service

Transition to volunteer-based arthritis education program delivery: Thank you Bonnie

Posted: 01-05-2016 Manitoba/Nunavut

Edmonton Eskimos' Emilio Fraietta

Emilio Fraietta: defense wins championships.

Posted: 01-05-2016 Alberta Walk to Fight Arthritis