Posted by: ugleepen | May 24, 2015

May is National Arthritis Awareness Month

Spearheaded by the Arthritis Foundation, the purpose of Arthritis Awareness Month is to make people more aware of arthritis and the issues involved.

NationalArthritis is a disease that affects more than 50 million people in the US, including a quarter of a million children.

Arthritis Awareness Month is a time to motivate Americans to get up and moving, while raising funds for arthritis research, support and advocacy.

Arthritis Walk events take place in hundreds of communities throughout the United States. These events are a major awareness and fund raising activity for the Arthritis Foundation. Find an Arthritis Walk in your area.

In addition, The Arthritis Introspective (AI) National Conference in partnership with the Arthritis Foundation will be held May 22-25, 2015, in Milwaukee, MN.

The AI National Conference is the only event of its kind, bringing together young and middle-aged adults (and their loved ones) living with rheumatic diseases from across the country for a weekend of education, empowerment, and relationship building.

“We’re so excited to be a sponsor of this conference,” said Deserae Constantineau, AI Co-founder.

“Living with arthritis can be not only physically debilitating, but emotionally draining as well. We sometimes isolate ourselves, fearing being ‘whiny’ or burdensome. This conference will give people living with these diseases, and the people who love them, a safe place to vent, to share fears and frustrations, and to also learn from each other as well as celebrate victories—big and small,” Constantineau said.

There are more than 100 forms of arthritis. This crippling disease can cause stiffness, swelling and severe joint pain and lead to a loss of motion and mobility.

In recognition of National Arthritis Awareness Month, I recommend that you educate yourself about arthritis. I have posted numerous blogs about the many different types of arthritis, and you can also contact your local chapter of the Arthritis Foundation for more information.

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