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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ROAR 2017

Reaching Out with Arthritis Research is holding a public forum, and you are invited!  The Arthritis Patient Advisory Board of Arthritis Research Canada presents, “Managing Arthritis and You” on Saturday, October 21 from 9:30am – 12:30pm.

Posted: 10-10-2017 British Columbia ROAR

Arthritis Portal Launch!

Did you know that today is World Arthritis Day?  It’s an important day for information and awareness about this disease that affects people of all ages, genders and ethnicities around the world.  It is also a perfect day for the launch of the new Arthritis Portal, a BC collaboration comprised of Arthritis Consumer Experts, the Mary Pack Arthritis Program, Arthritis Research Canada, the BC Rheumatology Society and The Arthritis Society, BC & Yukon Division.

Posted: 10-10-2017 ArthritisBC+Me British Columbia

A Will to Give Back

Eileen Mears chose a career in physiotherapy so she could make a difference, which is an ongoing theme in her life.  Aside from helping people through her professional career, Eileen has also chosen to remember The Arthritis Society, BC & Yukon Division as a beneficiary in her will and continues to donate annually through gifts of securities.  When asked why she chose to give gifts of securities, she said, “…we can donate it to you and you get the full amount, if we cash it in we have to pay capital gains.  We want The Arthritis Society to get as much support as possible.”

Posted: 10-10-2017 British Columbia Leave a Legacy

Thank you, Dr. Angela How!

With much gratitude, we would like to acknowledge the incredible contributions that Dr. Angela How has made to The Arthritis Society, BC & Yukon Division, in her capacity as the Chair of our Medical Advisory Committee (MAC). 

Posted: 10-10-2017 British Columbia Dr. Angela How

Education in Healthcare

The Arthritis Society hosts an annual training day workshop, held alongside the Arthritis Alliance of Canada’s (AAC) conference. This year, we are pleased to have the workshop in Vancouver, scheduled for Oct 25 & 26, 2017.  The theme for this year’s workshop focuses on building trainees’ capacities for patient/consumer engagement. PhD students and post-doctoral Fellows have been invited to expand their knowledge in the areas of grant applications, career pathways and consumer engagement in research.

Posted: 10-10-2017 AAC Conference British Columbia

"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