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,