You’ve got a friend in Molly. Across the different types of arthritis, women have reported that relationships and social and leisure activities have been impacted by their disease, resulting in high levels of depression and anxiety. Body image and self-esteem were also found to be significantly affected by arthritis.
To combat these emotional stresses, it’s important that women living with arthritis maintain healthy relationships. While this may be challenging at times, having a network of supportive friends and family can help a woman through bad times with her disease and make it easier to overcome some of her day-to-day emotional and physical hurdles.
Arthritis Consumer Expert’s own mascot Molly is a perfect example of a good friend. She enjoys daily conversations with her two stuffed toy pals, helps us greet visitors, and sheds happiness in the office. To learn more about the importance of healthy communication within the family, please read our January 2007’s issue of JointHealth™ Monthly.