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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A winning team

That will to win and to encourage others has paid off in spades for The Arthritis Society and the people we serve: Thomas’ personal and team fundraising have grown in each of the past three years. In 2015, for the second consecutive year, his Team TD was the Walk’s most successful corporate team – not just in Toronto, 

Posted: 29-10-2015 fundraising Ontario Walk to Fight Arthritis

‘I think of people who have it worse than I do’

One of Duncan Bull’s earliest memories is being unable to sit down and cross his legs like other preschoolers. “You don’t quite realize at the time how different you are,” he says now. “But every so often there would be something.”

Posted: 15-10-2015 arthritis childhood fundraising JIA walk to fight arthritis

Jennifer Oliver - "Guiding me through the jungle..."

Jennifer Oliver is a long-time supporter and advocate for The Arthritis Society. Her team for the Walk to Fight Arthritis is affectionately titled "Team Strut Your Mutt", which fits in perfectly with her passion for photographing rescue animals, as she tries to help them find happy and loving forever homes.  One would be hard pressed to meet someone who has a more positive attitude or a bigger heart than Jennifer.

Posted: 01-10-2015 British Columbia

After six years her arthritis returned – at age nine

Abigail went into remission at age three and things were okay for many years. But in 2011, Abigail was nine years old and began to get a strange rash. More blood tests confirmed that arthritis had returned. It had spread from her ankles to six joints. Six became 10 before 10 became 21. 

Posted: 01-10-2015 biologics childhood arthritis JIA uveitis