A resource blog for young women living with Arthritis

Today is World Autoimmune Arthritis Day!


Today is World Autoimmune Arthritis Day, which aims to educate persons about autoimmune diseases such as Lupus, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Mixed Connective Tissue Disease and Ankylosing Spondylitis (just to name a few). I encourage you to check WorldAutoimmuneArthritisDay.org (hosted by the International Autoimmune Arthritis Movement) which has organized an amazing and informative world-wide online convention today.

Speaking from a young person’s perspective, I can say that growing up and living with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis has been challenging simply because it’s not a well-known condition. Many people assume I have osteoarthritis and think that arthritis is no big deal. I think if more people were aware that autoimmune arthritis exists in persons of all ages and causes extreme daily pain and joint damage, it would help millions of persons who do live with autoimmune arthritis. We wouldn’t have to fear speaking about this disease and being judged for it. Kids wouldn’t have to worry about being laughed at or being called “old” when they try to explain this condition to others.

Awareness is important to help us learn to be more compassionate to one another. Instead of teasing or getting angry at someone because he/she is struggling physically, let’s stop and take a look at the bigger picture. What may be funny to us in that moment can really hurt someone who is already hurting. Let’s try to be kinder to one another. What do you say? 😉

In honour of today, I’d like to share the following video with you entitled “The Faces of Arthritis.” To all the amazingly strong people who fight autoimmune conditions everyday, please keep pushing forward – you are all my inspiration! To all the people around the world who support others and who are always willing to lend a helping hand, thank you for your kindness. 🙂

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle” – Anonymous


All the best,

Ms. Rainbow


8 thoughts on “Today is World Autoimmune Arthritis Day!

  1. I was 32 when I was diagnosed with rheumatoid disease, and my kids were pre teens. There’s no good time to get it but I wish I had been older.

    It’s hard to get it when you are young and still in the formative phases of your life

    • Wow, I can only imagine how crazy that time was for your Annette! It’s difficult enough managing young kids without illness thrown in there too.
      Hope your kids are taking care of you now that they are grown! 🙂

  2. A struggle I once had was when I was younger, I went to school with many athletic children. A lot would complain of having (osteo) arthritis. When I tried to explain the reason I couldn’t participate in gym class was due to my (psoriatic) arthritis, I wouldn’t be treated very kindly since ‘they had arthritis too but play on two or three sports teams.’

    Here’s to more awareness for autoimmune arthritis 🙂

  3. Oh Elizabeth, I feel your pain – literally ;). Has your situation gotten better as you have gotten older and are able to explain the differences between psoriatic arthritis and osteoarthritis?
    Guess this is why we have awareness days 🙂

    • It’s definitely easier now to explain to most, but I have problems getting through to people who are very active. In a lot of ways it’s no different from when I was little. Oh well- some things never change but I’ll take what I can get. Haha 🙂

      • Aww…yes, it’s the same with me too. Some people get it but a lot still don’t. You’re right, we have to be grateful for the special people who do understand! 🙂

  4. Great topic and info. I joined the live chat at 5 (eastern time) last night. It was very informative. And you’re right. Awareness is Soooo important and even though with my blog and stickers all over my car and other little things I’ve done, I don’t feel like it’s enough. I’m trying to think of a big way to do something. It is so important to raise awareness and I never feel like I’m doing enough. You are so right though. Thanks for this article!

    • Thanks Julie! That’s great you joined the chat. I checked some of the resources and they were really great. As for awareness I think you are doing an amazing job! ;).

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