Keeping it Real with Arthritis
Real Talk. Real People. Real Life.
“When we share our stories, what it does is it opens up our hearts for other people to share their stories and it gives us the sense that we are not alone on this journey.” –Janine Shepard
The truth is arthritis does not care who you are. People of all ages, genders, races, ethnic groups, socioeconomic backgrounds, and sexual orientations are impacted by this number one leading cause of disability.
Arthritis– is the name for the mom to more than 100 different forms of arthritis. There are an estimated 54 million adults and 300,000 children in the United States alone living with arthritis. There are likely over 90 million people in the US suffering from arthritis that has gone undiagnosed.
One form of arthritis is not more important than another. To shed light on one can bring light to others. Some of us living with arthritis and related conditions, are given higher mountains to climb. Not matter what kind of mountain you are on in the present moment, it is about navigating the highs and lows of your very own mountain. Focusing on your journey but giving a helping hand to someone in need along your path, can bridge the gap of isolation, loneliness, sadness, anxiety, depression and many more emotional and mental side effects people experience living with these conditions. It is about realizing we are more connected through our different journeys. On each mountain there are common themes: to search for a treatment plan that works (natural, conventional or both), a cure, and live a balanced, improved quality of life in the midst of it all.
The Keeping It Real with Arthritis story series aims to provide people with not only the courage to face and acknowledge their fears but the confidence that can arise from that, to speak up about their personal health struggles. By sharing your story, it can help someone else open up the gates to their own story.
Here is to us being a little stronger than yesterday, courageous and owning it one step at a time. Cheers!