How should others know how to support someone going through a challenge with their health when they don’t know much about it?
Just as you would wear an awareness ribbon to support a cause near and dear to your heart, wear a mask to show the world you care about public health and you’re willing safeguard your community —especially the high-risk members who need your help.
For World Arthritis Day, we wanted to capture what it’s like to be living through the COVID-19 pandemic as a person with arthritis. Here’s the scoop from Eileen Davidson, a rheumatoid arthritis patient in Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada.
Fatigue isn’t just being tired. It robs us of our ability to think clearly and of our motivation. Your body feels like it’s powering off like a dying battery.
With proper guidance, strength training has become one of Eileen Davidson’s favorite tools for managing a painful battle with rheumatoid arthritis. This is how it became a critical part of her exercise routine and overall treatment plan.
‘If my RA has taught me anything, it’s that me must move forward and learn to adapt. Even though it’s painful, I know this is the right choice for me and for Jacob.’
‘I remind myself—I am not stuck at home. I am *safe* at home.’
Listen to those who walk the arthritic walk and talk the talk as an advocate. No one can tell you better than someone who has a lived experience.
It takes courage to climb a mountain, even — or especially — when that mountain is invisible.