Exploring women’s arthritis issues and needs

YWCA Women of Distinction Awards Nominees are out!

Wooden manikin figureSince 1984, the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards have honoured over 250 award recipients and more than 1,450 nominees. The award honours individuals and organizations whose outstanding activities and achievements contribute to the well-being and future of our community. There are twelve possible categories for nomination:

  • Arts, culture & design
  • Business & the professions
  • Community champion
  • Education, training & development
  • Entrepreneurship & innovation
  • Health & wellness
  • Non-profit
  • Public service
  • Research & the sciences
  • Young woman of distinction
  • Outstanding workplace

Arthritis Consumer Expert’s very own Cheryl Koehn has been nominated under the health and wellness category. Anyone who has been nominated is described as:

A woman who has an unwavering commitment to delivering, promoting and advocating for healthy lives and communities. She has made a significant and sustained difference in Metro Vancouver while empowering her community to change or better their lives through improved health and wellness practices. She may be a physician, practitioner, nurse or other woman committed to health and wellness. Continue reading

AS it Goes – Bottle Cap Madness

Bottle of spilled pills

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I can hear the sound of the spill even before it happens. Why? Because it’s a predictable outcome and it’s an oft-repeated event in our household. The noise I am referring to is the sound of a plastic pill bottle with 250 capsules hitting a tile floor and bouncing…. everywhere. The scattershot is usually followed by a few select curses and my name.

The issue is that I don’t put the childproof caps back on bottles (or any other hard-to-open bottle top, for that matter). The osteoarthritis in my thumbs and other finger joints make it a struggle-and-a-half to twist and line-up the arrows and then press down sufficiently hard while turning in the slim hope that I will actually succeed in freeing a childproof cap. Once I manage to get those dang tops off, I simply leave them off. Sometimes I rest the cover on top of the bottle, which is a deceptive practice because it appears that the top is securely closed (my bad), which leads to unfortunate incidents, such as the spill situ described above. Continue reading

AS it Goes – Whither Goes the Weather

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.netI live in fear of the weather forecast for next Tuesday. For that matter, the following Saturday also doesn’t sound very promising. According to on-line forecasts, the weather is going to put arthritis sufferers at high risk of increased aches and pains. Several on-line weather services now provide daily advice about weather conditions for people with health conditions, giving advance notice that will allow them to plan appropriate activities. Amusingly, some on-line services also have indexes with warnings for bad hair days, mood swings, and attentiveness. Continue reading

AS it Goes – Sharing a positive message

Pen with words

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People who live with chronic pain understand when I say that life often gets in the way of living. They understand that coping on a daily basis with pain sometimes is a full-time profession. We can become so preoccupied with minimizing our various physical challenges that life simply passes us by. Any plans to enjoy the too-short summer are shelved while we minister to limitations imposed by our arthritis and its associated inflammatory conditions. Instead of planning outdoor fun activities, we spend our days looking for ways to be comfortable, or trying to find the balance between moving too much or too little. Continue reading

Team USA’s Shannon Boxx: Life & Soccer with Lupus

Shannon with Lupus banner

Picture credit: Fame! Soccer Girl https://famegirlsworldcupblog.wordpress.com/page/2/

As we celebrate the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, Team Arthritis wants to pay tribute to team USA’s midfielder Shannon Boxx, who, living with lupus, is all too familiar with life with arthritis. This year’s World Cup™ marks Boxx’s fourth Women’s World Cup™.

Fun Fact: Midfielders run a distance of 120-yard across the field to play offense and sprints back to play defense, running about 7 miles in a 90-minute game and engaging in close combat to gain possession of the ball. Continue reading

Team Arthritis – Raise your game!

Team Arthritis LogoJoin Team Arthritis and celebrate the FIFA Women’s World Cup™

Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) has created Team Arthritis to celebrate the athletes in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup™. Our goal is to raise awareness of how women living with arthritis can remain active and achieve high performance in their lives.

We encourage women living with arthritis, their friends and family, and members of the public to join Team Arthritis and share their stories. During the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, from June 6-July 5, ACE will share news and stories from the FIFA World Cup™. We will also share the latest information related to sports and injury and pose a series of challenges on Facebook that will stimulate your muscle and mind. Inspired by the World Cup ™, these challenges will be related to safe exercise, injury prevention, and living a balanced lifestyle. Please share your progress with us by posting and sending us pictures and stories of your accomplishments on our social media networks: Continue reading