Join me for the 2015 Denver Walk to Cure Arthritis on May 17!
Did you know that nearly 50 million Americans and 300,000 children live with arthritis today?
The Walk to Cure Arthritis in Denver raises funds and awareness to fight the nation’s leading cause of disability. We aren’t just helping the millions of people who live with arthritis pain, we’re funding research that’s getting us closer to a cure.
My story with this disease started 10 years ago, when I was hospitalized during my last year of college for severe stomach pain. After many blood tests, immunology panels and an elimination diet, the doctors vaguely diagnosed me with extreme food allergies and an infected gut. Immediately following graduation, I had to have patella realignment surgery in both knees after the doctors found a degenerative form of arthritis in my knees.
A few years later, I was pursuing a masters program in San Francisco when I started having acute pain in my wrists, ankles and spine. The doctors finally diagnosed me with Rheumatoid Arthritis at age 24.
For the past 6 years, I have gone through numerous medications and biologic infusions, trying to find the right combination to one day put this disease in remission. I went through foot surgery to correct some arthritic damage last year and my diagnosis was recently updated to Psoriatic Arthritis, which includes psoriasis of the skin in addition to rheumatoid arthritis of the joints.
In 2011, I started sharing my experiences and knowledge with others to help spread awareness of this debilitating disease through my blog. I also volunteer as a planning committee member for the Denver chapter.
Please help me support the Arthritis Foundation with your donation, which will help with creating additional research programs, allow for new breakthroughs in medications, and help find a CURE for arthritis! Or if you are in Colorado, join my team The Daily Chronic Walkers as we walk Washington Park in Denver to help support all those living with arthritis.