In honour of Nelson Mandela, ABN wants to highlight an inspirational quote of his that we believe applies as much to perseverance as it does to people living with arthritis.
“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.” Continue reading
Only 20 more days to Christmas holiday! This is a great time to think back on the year and thank those who have helped the arthritis community. To list a few of many, we think the following organizations have made it to Santa’s “Nice List”. Do you know of any accomplishment(s) by an individual, community group, or organization that have shown great care and support to the arthritis community this year? If you do, please share with everyone in the comments section. Alternatively, you may share via our Facebook and Twitter channel with hashtag #ACESantaList.
Arthritis Consumer Experts’ “ACE Santa’s Nice List” Continue reading
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A recent study published in Arthritis and Rheumatism suggests people with fibromyalgia process pain differently. The study participants included 31 people living with fibromyalgia and 14 healthy people. Brain scans reveal that people with fibromyalgia are unable to prepare for pain and respond to pain relief as well as healthy people. Do you agree?
As HealthDay reporter Dennis Thompson noted, Dr. Lynn Webster, president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, said: “People without fibromyalgia can mentally alleviate some types of pain that people experience. For people with fibromyalgia, that capability seems to be dampened if not eliminated. They may not be able to respond the same way to medications or our intrinsic [natural] mechanisms for dealing with pain.” Continue reading
The Arthritis Society is asking Canadians to share their arthritis story in their Share the Pain campaign. The goal is to start and change the conversation in Canada about the reality of living with arthritis. The more arthritis stories shared, the more inspiration it will create for others living with arthritis. It’s about hearing your voice and your story and creating a better understanding and support network for everyone in the arthritis community. By sharing your story, you will be helping healthcare professionals, support networks, entrepreneurs, industry partners, friends, and family understand the needs of people living with arthritis.
You can participate in Share the Pain by:
- visiting ThePain.ca, register and tell your own arthritis story;
- tweeting your story and following the conversation by using the hashtag #thepain;
- calling The Arthritis Society’s voice mailbox at 1-855-599-PAIN (7246) to ‘speak the pain’; or
- posting on facebook.com/ArthritisSociety;
- sharing your story below and we will forward your story with The Arthritis Society.
Once you are registered on the website, you can click the star in the top left corner to find stories that are of particular interest to you and respond to stories. A variety of perspectives will greatly enrich the conversations taking place. The topics that generate the most engagement and conversation will help guide The Arthritis Society and other support organizations’ future goals and planning.
Music therapy can help patients with, to list a few, pain control, oncology, acquired brain injury, physical disabilities, and mental health. At a “Music Therapy Day” information session, I was honoured to meet music therapist Brendan Shields who works at Minoru Residence in Richmond.
Brendan Shields would like to share with us his article “Music has Power” in The Report: Health Sciences Association of British Columbia: Continue reading
Molly the labradoodle puppy of Arthritis Consumer Experts wants you to know that relaxation alleviates her boredom but can also alleviate your arthritis pain. There are many other ways to relax. In addition to the Reader’s Digest list below, you could also relax by reading a book, volunteering, watching television shows or a movie and taking up a hobby such as photography or travel. What do you do to relax? Continue reading