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Spotlight on Arthritis Superheroes

Picture of JG ChaykoToday, the “Spotlight on Arthritis Superheroes” is shining on J.G. Chayko of The Old Lady in my Bones. 

The Old Lady in my Bones is an arthritis blog by J.G. Chayko (Julia), a writer living in Vancouver, British Columbia. Julia was diagnosed with early Rheumatoid Arthritis in her thirties. She developed her blog to share her experiences of living with this disease, as well as create awareness that arthritis can affect the young too.

“It [arthritis] is a debilitating disease that destroys lives. It affects employment, personal relationships and can cause depression. Knowledge is power. The more you learn about your situation, you can live a fulfilling life despite your disease. Sometimes you must learn to let your old life die and create a new one, like a re-birth.” – J.G. Chayko

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Do you know someone who deserves an award?

The Qualman-Davies Arthritis Consumer Community Leadership Award

Award TrophyDo you know a person with arthritis who has, or is, providing leadership in the community and deserves recognition for their valuable volunteer work? We encourage you to help us celebrate their contributions by nominating them for the Qualman-Davies Arthritis Consumer Community Leadership Award.

The Qualman-Davies Arthritis Consumer Community Leadership Award was created in 2014 to recognize one person’s contributions to helping all Canadians living with the disease to be heard in decision-making processes that affect millions. That’s what Ann Qualman and Jim Davies did as early pioneers in arthritis advocacy in Canada. Their tireless and selfless efforts helped millions of Canadians.

Nomination process:

To submit a nomination, please follow the four steps listed below.

  1. Obtain the prospective nominee’s consent to be nominated prior to submitting this form.
  2. Click here to 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.
  3. Provide the completed nomination form to the nominee for their review for accuracy and obtain their signature on the document.
  4. Submit the form to info@jointhealth.org.

The application deadline is October 10, 2014. Each submission will be reviewed by the award adjudication committee and scored on a points system. The successful nominee and their nominator will be provided notification of the award selection by the adjudication committee chair by October 17, 2014. The award will be bestowed in person at the Arthritis Alliance of Canada’s Annual Conference Gala, this year taking place on October 31, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario.

Good News for Arthritis Research

Government of BC awards ARC $3 million for arthritis research. Left to right: Ron McKerrow, ARC Board Chair; Minister Terry Lake, Minister of Health; Dr. John Esdaile, Scientific Director ARC; Minister Teresa Wat, MLA Richmond Centre; Linda Reid, Speaker of the House & MLA, Richmond East. Sign they are standing behind says, "Supporting Arthritis Research and Prevention".

Government of BC awards ARC $3 million for arthritis research. Left to right: Ron McKerrow, ARC Board Chair; Minister Terry Lake, Minister of Health; Dr. John Esdaile, Scientific Director ARC; Minister Teresa Wat, MLA Richmond Centre; Linda Reid, Speaker of the House & MLA, Richmond East

The Government of BC donates $3 million for arthritis research.

The Government of British Columbia’s Health Minister, Terry Lake, made an incredible announcement during a press conference on Tuesday afternoon: $3 million dollars will go to the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada (ARC) to help further developments in arthritis prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

As a disease that encompasses more than 100 forms, arthritis is the leading cause of disability. For this reason, its impact on the Canadian economy is estimated to be $33 billion each year in healthcare costs and lost productivity. During the announcement, Minister Lake said “With this investment, our government aims to help the Arthritis Research Centre continue to improve the lives of British Columbians living with arthritis, as well as reduce the burden arthritis puts on our healthcare system.” Continue reading

Arthritis in the News

Arthritis is a hot topic in the news this Arthritis Awareness Month.

Cheryl Koehn, president of Arthritis Consumer Experts and Dr. Kam Shojania of the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada (ARC), were recently interviewed on Breakfast Television – Vancouver. Press play on the video above to watch the interview.

Shortly following that, CTV News’ Eric Longley donned the “RA Experience Suit” and wandered around Ottawa’s Byward Market, getting a glimpse into what it’s like to live with rheumatoid arthritis. Click on “Suiting up for a Cause” to watch him attempt simple actions that most people not living with arthritis take for granted.

And just yesterday, the Richmond Review published an editorial article entitled, “Great work being done at arthritis research centre” about the Government of British Columbia’s donation of $3 million dollars to ARC to help further developments in arthritis prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. For more information on the government’s announcement, please click here.

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AS it Goes – Arthritis is a Two-Way Street

Sign with one arrow pointing up and down to indicate a two-way street

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“People living with arthritis have a right to be heard,” says Fran, because “treating arthritis is a two-way street.”

September is Arthritis Awareness Month so I thought it appropriate that I scheduled a rheumatologist appointment to follow up some routine tests to check my physical wellbeing (bone density, blood work, etc.). In the waiting room I was pleased to see that my rheumy had displayed the new Arthritis Patient Charter created by the Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance (CAPA) with the support of Arthritis Consumer Experts, The Arthritis Society and the Canadian Spondylitis Association, to name a few partners. Continue reading

Spotlight on Arthritis Superheroes

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Today, in the first article of our “Spotlight on Arthritis Superheroes” series, we shine the spotlight on Helena Madsen and her blog, Chronic Marriage.

Chronic Marriage is a blog run by Helena Madsen, a wife, mother, writer, and counselor who lives with Muscular Dystrophy. Her blog is all about living with chronic illness AND helping couples build an extraordinary marriage. Continue reading