On Sunday, World Arthritis Day announced the winners and runner ups for their Vision 2043 competition. Below are the submissions for the winners and runner ups! Thank you to our friends in the community for sharing this campaign with friends and family and making World Arthritis Day a great success. Continue the conversation online with the hashtag #WorldArthritisDay.
Global Winner – By: Pavlina Pejkovska, Macedonia
World Arthritis Day (WAD) is celebrated on 12 October every year and provides a chance for people and organisations from around the world to join together and raise awareness of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs). The World Arthritis Day website is supported and managed by EULAR, the European League Against Rheumatism.
The aims of World Arthritis Day are:
In their Fall issue, The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy featured an article titled “Occupation and the Artist: Sculpting the Illness Experience” on a person that is a favourite in the arthritis and art community – Otto Kamensek. In the article, Otto shares what his exhibit “Glimmer of Hope” means to him.
“Glimmer of Hope” is a visual journal of the pain Otto has experienced throughout his life with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA). It illustrates the changes and sensations that have occurred in his body. Throughout his work, he uses symbolism to represent the types of pain he experiences and where it occurs in his joints. Lightning bolts represent flashes of pain, needles represent sharp pain, melted down nails represent festering pain, and elongated pyramids represent monumental pain. His sculpture also depicts scars from hip and knee replacements, muscle wasting, and physical changes in the feet and hands.
Medical cannabis refers to the use of plant material (either whole or in extract form) that contains various cannabinoid molecules such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC has psychoactive (mind altering), and pain relieving properties. CBD may also reduce pain and inflammation while having no known psychoactive side-effects.
The hemp plant Cannabis saliva (cannabis), known as marijuana, can be used as a therapy to alleviate symptoms such as pain and fatigue caused by chronic disease. Cannabis has a history of medicinal use dating back thousands of years across many cultures.
The Arthritis Society recently released a position paper on medical cannabis. Here is what they have to say about medical cannabis and arthritis:
Do you know someone who deserves an award?
Do you know a person with arthritis who has, or is, providing leadership in the community and deserves recognition for their valuable volunteer work? Help us celebrate their contributions by nominating them for the Qualman-Davies Arthritis Consumer Community Leadership Award. This Friday (October 10) is the last day to submit nominations.
To submit a nomination, please follow the four steps listed below.
- Obtain the prospective nominee’s consent to be nominated prior to submitting this form.
- Click here for the nomination form. If you create a separate nomination document, please use the headings provided on the Nomination Form PDF for ease of review by the award adjudication committee.
- Provide the completed nomination form to the nominee for their review for accuracy and obtain their signature on the document.
- Submit the form to email@example.com.
The award will be bestowed in person at the Arthritis Alliance of Canada’s Annual Conference Gala on October 31, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario.
Here’s what we’ve been up to during Arthritis Awareness Month in Canada
What has ACE done for you lately? Here’s what we’ve been up to during Arthritis Awareness Month in Canada
In this issue of “What has ACE done for you lately” – a monthly roundup of what we have accomplished and what we are currently working on – we highlight our campaigns in the workplace, healthcare, and research.