As we say goodbye to 2017, we can reflect on a year where in media coverage, in workplaces, and in our daily conversations, there was much focus on issues that threatened to divide us. The arthritis community in Canada has also faced issues that have challenged us to re-examine our beliefs and principles on how to best serve people living with arthritis.
As I look back over the past 12 months I think of the people with arthritis we have met or engaged with face-to-face and on-line, many of who still face barriers to accessing arthritis trained specialists, public and private health insurance reimbursement for needed medications, emotional and psychological support, income assistance or workplace supports. It’s hard in the world of chronic diseases such as arthritis – marked by pain, disability and individual and family struggle – to see the positive. But I must. I know no other way of living my own life with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA) than to try to think positively about my own situation and those our organization serves.