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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Walk with a Hero in PEI

PEI Walk Hero prepares for the Walk to Fight Arthritis with Olympic Gold Medalist

Posted: 31-05-2017 Ankylosing Spondylitis Prince Edward Island Stories Walk to Fight Arthritis

Why I Walk

“My journey with arthritis started when I was a child.”  Most people don’t associate arthritis and children – it isn’t an easy picture to conjure.  But for Kelowna’s Danielle Downs, now just 28 years old, arthritis forced a new reality for her at a very young age. Danielle will be walking in the Kelowna Walk to Fight Arthritis on June 4, and we are sharing her story here…

Posted: 25-05-2017 British Columbia JIA Kelowna Walk to Fight Arthritis

Why We Walk

“We are walking for our daughter, Zoe, who is seven.  Our family is walking to create awareness because kids get arthritis too.”  Arthritis isn’t something that most would associate with children, but the reality is that 3 in every 1000 children are diagnosed with this life altering disease, including Zoe, who lives right here in Trail.  Her mom, Cindy Belleperche, shares why their family will be walking in the Trail Walk to Fight Arthritis on June 4…

Posted: 25-05-2017 British Columbia Trail Walk to Fight Arthritis

Why I Walk

“Because I can.  But sometimes I can’t.”  This may seem like a strange thing for a 30 year old woman to say, but arthritis has challenged Eileen Davidson in every way imaginable.  Eileen has joined the Vancouver Walk to Fight Arthritis, and will be walking with thousands of other British Columbians across the province on June 4 to raise awareness and funds for research.  Research that will help  improve the lives of people living with this unforgiving disease, other people just like herself.  Here, Eileen shares why she is walking on June 4…

Posted: 25-05-2017 Arthritis British Columbia Fight to Walk

"Asking for help doesn't make you weak."

When Wanda Huynh was diagnosed at seventeen with juvenile polyarthritis, having a double hip replacement was somewhere in the realm of the furthest thing from her mind.

For Wanda, it started when she woke up with incredible stiffness and all her joints were swollen.  Not knowing what it was, she tried to keep it to herself, even from her own mom.  “I didn’t want to ask for help, I didn’t want to burden my mom,” Wanda remembers.  Instead, she chose to take the bus to her family doctor, to try and figure out what was going on by herself.  At seventeen.

Posted: 23-05-2017 British Columbia


The BC Election was certainly an interesting one!  And thanks to everyone who reached out to connect with and ask questions of their local candidates, we were able to have a lot of important conversations around what people living with arthritis in this province need.

Posted: 15-05-2017 British Columbia Election BC

Be social, be active - in Kamloops!

Are you living with arthritis in or around Kamloops?  If you are, then you need to know about this new social group that is being organized in the area.  The group is meant as a way for people who are living with inflammatory arthritis to get out there and interact with others in social and active ways - you may have arthritis, but it doesn't have you!

Posted: 15-05-2017 British Columbia Kamloops Walk to Fight Arthritis

Tea and Thanks!

We were delighted to host our most recent "Loyal Tea" earlier this month to honour and show our gratitude to the loyal donors who support The Arthritis Society, BC & Yukon Division.  It is because of their generous gifts, that we are able to help improve the lives of people living with arthritis through our intiatives and research.  

Posted: 15-05-2017 British Columbia Loyal Tea

Is the Social Crew for YOU?

Want to talk to other young adults who know what it's like to live with arthritis? Then come check out the Social Crew! Living with arthritis? Are your school, work, relationships and everyday activities being affected and impacted by your arthritis? 

Posted: 15-05-2017 British Columbia Social Crew

Why I Walk

After living a relatively normal and healthy life, I was hit with a double arthritis diagnosis in my twenties.  I have both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, and I am now just thirty years old.  The diagnoses caused me intense emotional turmoil that I describe as my rock bottom.  Losing the ability to work and the constant struggle with my health while trying to raise a child by myself have been the biggest challenges of my life.  Every day I experience pain and crippling fatigue that makes daily functioning difficult and draining.  

Posted: 15-05-2017 British Columbia Eileen Osteoarthritis Rheumatoid Arthritis Walk to Fight Arthritis
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