BENEFITING: Arthritis Foundation
Hi friends, so my birthday is this month and I wanted to share with you my wish. My wish is to raise $1000 toward the Arthritis Foundation by the end of December. This cause directly impacts my life and the gift of being one step closer to a cure is far more meaningful than anything materialstic this world has to offer. Please read on for more information, any little bit will help.
As always with love and grattitude,
“Give freely to the world these gifts of love and compassion. Do not concern yourself with how much you receive in return, just know in your heart it will be returned.” -S. Maraboli
As many of my friends know, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis 10 years ago and this past year was diagnosed with Liver Disease due to the agressiveness of the RA. This disease is most commonly associated with “older people” and if you only gain one thing by reading this, please understand that if affects young people too. It is often referred to as the “invisible disease.” They call it this because when you are young with Arthritis, often times you look completely normal, but underneath the surface, are dealing with your body attacking itself and causing excruciating pain. This chronic disease (RA) has tried to take over my life through multiple surgeries, painful injections, treatments, medications, and more sacrafice than I can explain. However, I refuse to let this disease control my quality of life or break my optimisitic spirit. I will do everything in my power to fight back, inspire others, raise awareness, and try and contribute to research and finding a cure for this disease. Whether it's a donation or spreading awareness...I am truly grateful for you love and support.
*To give you a better understanding of RA, below is an exerpt from the Arthritis Foundation or you can also view my video on this profile (in the photos section). It is of my personal story and journey with Arthritis. The video was made for Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Month a couple years ago.*
"When your doctor told you she suspected you had rheumatoid arthritis, you probably thought, “Arthritis – that’s a disease old people get.”
You’re thinking of osteoarthritis, the most common kind of arthritis, a disease in which cartilage in the joints breaks down. It does become more prevalent with age.
Though RA affects the joints, it’s a disease of the immune system, which normally protects us from infection by attacking viruses and bacteria. For reasons no one fully understands, RA causes the immune system to go awry and mistakenly attack healthy cells such as the synovium, a thin membrane that lines the joints. As a result of the attack, fluid builds up in the joints, causing pain and inflammation. Over time this can wear away the cartilage and erode bone, causing a lack of function and mobility. In most people, the inflammation usually becomes systemic, affecting organs such as the skin, heart and lungs.
RA most commonly affects the joints of the hands, feet, wrists, elbows, knees and ankles. Joint involvement is usually symmetrical, meaning if one joint is affected the same joint on the opposite side of the body is involved as well.
While there’s no cure for this chronic disease, its symptoms often come and go. Periods of mild disease activity may be punctuated by flares – bouts of more intense activity and symptoms. In some cases, with appropriate treatment, the disease goes into remission." (To read more visit arthritistoday.org)