World Arthritis Day- October 12, 2013

Did you know there are hundreds of conditions under the “Arthritis” umbrella?

Did you know that millions of people suffer from them (over 50 million in the USA alone) and that it is the LEADING cause of disability in the US?

Did you know that over 300,000 children in the US suffer from a form of Juvenile Arthritis, which includes conditions like JIA, Lupus, Scleroderma, Juvenile Dematomyositis, Psoriatic Arthritis and that number is multiplied several times over if you include all the other children throughout the world who also suffer from forms of this disease?

 

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(click on the picture for a larger view and some of the conditions included)

Most people don’t.

 

This is why it is SO important to recognize World Arthritis Day.  Wear blue. Tell people why. Raise awareness. Many of these conditions are underfunded and underresearched, despite their prevalence. Many of these conditions can be fatal- yet most people think of arthritis as “just aches and pains.”  We can help change that. If you have a minute today, throw on something blue, and tell at least one person why. If you have 5 minutes, do that, and tweet about it, post on Facebook- quote on LinkedIn, +1 it on Google. Use your Tumblr, Reddit, or whatever social media you choose. Tell a friend, tell a stranger. Just help get the word out!  Share your experience, or just show your support. We NEED to get the word out, and we need to work toward a cure.

According to Prof John Isaacs, Newcastle University’s professor of clinical rheumatology and director of the Institute of Cellular Medicine (United Kingdom):

  “It’s a neglected medicine in that it’s not a ‘sexy disease’ like cancer or heart disease but in a lot of ways it can have a more devastating effect on patients.”

“Some cancers can be treated, but once you’ve got rheumatoid arthritis then you have it for the rest of your life. We think it’s curable with investment, but without that investment there’s not a lot we can do.”

 

(you can read the whole article here) http://www.thejournal.co.uk/news/health/newcastle-university-scientists-lead-arthritis-4712424

Experts think that it is underfunded, devastating and potentially curable. More funding could lead to a cure. Awareness leads to funding. We need YOU to raise awareness.

Let’s all unite together today, and help to raise awarenss for Arthritis, and after today, if you can spend a little more time to help, THANK YOU! It doesnt matter where in the world you are, there is something that you can do. Talk to your rheumatologist about opportunities in your country. Visit with your local arthritis organization. Here are a few examples to get you started:

Australia: http://www.arthritisaustralia.com.au

Belgium:http://www.arthrites.be/qui_sommes_nous.asp

Canada: http://www.arthritis.ca

South Africa:http://www.arthritiskids.co.za

United Kingdom: http://www.arthritisresearchuk.org ,  http://www.ccaa.org.uk

United States: http://www.arthritis.org , http://www.juvenilearthritis.org

 

Also in honor of WORLD Arthritis Day, we are doing a giveaway of Living With Juvenile Arthritis: A Parent’s Guide  for our INTERNATIONAL readers!

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Chose your method of entry above for your chance to win one of five ebook copies of Living With Juvenile Arthritis: A Parent’s Guide. (US residents are not eligible. If you live in the United States please visit this link for your giveaway: http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/67666-living-with-juvenile-arthritis-a-parent-s-guide?utm_medium=email&utm_source=giveaway_approved )

Today is World Arthritis Day- united we can make a huge impact! Let’s keep the momentum and make every day a day to promote awareness and work toward a cure, but if you can only spare one day, help us make today the biggest World Arthritis Day Event yet.

 

 

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