Ms. Catherine Hofstetter is the inaugural recipient of the 2014 Qualman-Davies Arthritis Consumer Community Leadership Award.
A successful business owner living with rheumatoid arthritis, Cathy has been an arthritis advocate for seventeen years championing the patient experience, promoting more effective treatments and healthcare policies, and motivating and mentoring consumers to become involved in research decision-making and positive reform of the healthcare system.
Fighting disease is one of the longest, toughest battles in the world. But the rewards of scientific breakthroughs are great – often revolutionary – leading to diagnosis, treatment and cure. The Canada Gairdner Awards celebrate and reward the scientists who make these discoveries.
Great research has no borders. The Gairdners …Canada’s only major international scientific prize, inspire medical research, present and future. They are ours, but they belong to the world.
— Globe and Mail, Editorial October 2009
The Arthritis Alliance of Canada is happy to announce that two of the recipients of the Canada Gairdner International Award will be presenting “Arthritis Unmasked: Genetics, Treatments and Partnerships” at the Arthritis Alliance of Canada’s 2nd Annual Conference and Research Symposium. Sir Marc Feldmann, FRS FAA, and Sir Ravinder Nath Maini, FRS FMEDSCI FRCP, have been recognized “for the discovery of anti-TNF therapy for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory diseases”.
Seven Canada Gairdner Awards are given annually in three different areas. Each award is valued at $100,000 CDN.
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.
According to the results from the JointHealth™ Program Satisfaction and Interest survey, people living with arthritis want to learn about natural ways to help treat or ease the pain from arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Below are some life hacks for rheumatoid arthritis that you can consider. Please note that this article is for information purposes only and not intended to be medical advice. Talk to your healthcare provider before changing or starting a new treatment plan.
The National Institute of Health (NIH) has awarded 11 grants (a total of $6 million) to members of the Accelerating Medicines Partnership in Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus (AMP RA/Lupus) Network. The alliance includes various private and public research groups across the United States who are committed to advance research on rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and lupus drugs.
AMP RA/Lupus hope to identify and test biologic agents for RA and lupus treatment. Researchers believe that the disease similarities for RA and lupus will allow them to study both diseases at the same time.
Today, the “Spotlight on Arthritis Superheroes” is directed on Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy.
RA Guy’s rheumatoid arthritis started when he was in his 20’s. His heels were in pain and his knees creaked. In the winter time, his RA symptoms became worse. In his 30’s, his pain never went away and he was unable to use his knees. Finally, after many visits to a doctor, he came across a rheumatologist who confirmed that he had rheumatoid arthritis.
Since his diagnosis, RA Guy has learned a lot about rheumatoid arthritis.
“I learned what TENS means. I gained weight. I regained the use of my knees. I got on meds. I got off meds. I got back on meds. I started doing yoga. I lost a lot of weight. I started taking hot baths. I started sleeping with wool socks. I started taking lots of NSAIDs. I started having stomach problems. I got depressed. I started wearing ankle braces. I started wearing wrist braces. I got happy. I started meditating. I started writing positive affirmations. I started pacing myself through my day-to-day activities. I went into remission. I came out of remission. I had lots of flares. I started therapy. I started getting early joint damage. I started this blog. Most importantly, I started to learn how to LIVE with rheumatoid arthritis.”
Join RA Guy as he shares his ups and downs and continues his journey through chronic pain and debilitating inflammation. Our favourite part about his blogs is that he uses humor to shed light onto matters that others may consider serious. Continue reading