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
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.
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A friend recently told me that she was prescribed medical marijuana to help with her crippling and frequent migraine pain. As a reformed cigarette smoker, she decided against smoking it and instead, brewed the cannabis into a tea. While the resulting infusion only slightly eased her migraine pain, it made her feel groggy and slow (not ‘high’), so she abandoned this option as a viable alternative treatment.
When her mother who suffers from debilitating arthritis came for tea, she sampled the “special brew” and experienced the opposite effect: she became extremely agitated and therefore, declined to accept a second cup. I have another friend who uses marijuana to combat the debilitating effects of chemotherapy treatments; it is baked into bite-sized cookies that help suppress nausea and stimulate appetite. Continue reading
The Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability (CIRPD) is hosting a free webinar titled Envisioning the Future of Disability Policy in Canada on December 5. Click here to register for this webinar.
According to the February 2009′s issue of JointHealth™ monthly, arthritis and related bone and joint diseases are the most common cause of work disability in Canada. Rates of work disability in people with inflammatory arthritis are high; for example, research shows 25-50% of people have to stop working within ten years of being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. And since rheumatoid arthritis tends to strike in the prime of working life, this has serious consequences on the lives of people living with disease, on their families and on the economy as a whole. Knowledge is the key to understanding disability policy in Canada. Do not miss this opportunity to learn and voice your opinion about work disability.
Below are the details from the CIRPD website: Continue reading
Lucaya, a suburb of Freeport, Bahamas on the Grand Bahama Island
Greetings from the Grand Bahama Island! It is suntastic! I kissed a dolphin, went snorkeling and saw many beautiful coral reefs and colourful fishes. I will be embarking on a cave tour soon!
The Port Lucaya Marketplace is a local spot for live entertainment, drinks, and meeting great Bahamians. Will miss the sunshine but looking forward to sharing more adventures and pictures with my friends at Arthritis Broadcast Network! ~Anita