10 posts from May, 2016

Arthritis Awareness Month: Shedding light on an invisible condition

Posted May 27th, 2016 by

It’s National Arthritis Awareness Month, and while more than 50 million Americans live with it, arthritis is often an invisible condition. It can be hard for those who don’t have it to understand what it’s all about and how it impacts a person.

So let’s test your arthritis knowledge — did you know any of the facts below1?

  • 1 in 5 people over 18 live with arthritis
  • Arthritis pain can occur in several places throughout the body including the neck, back, shoulders, and hips — and even in the skin, heart, and lungs
  • Arthritis is an umbrella term used to describe over 100 medical conditions and diseases like gout, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia
  • People often associate this condition with old age, but while the risk does increase with age, anyone can have arthritis

What can you do?

The Arthritis Foundation has launched a #SeeArthritis campaign on Facebook, and over 10,000 people have turned their profile pictures green to raise awareness. If you’re living with arthritis, use the hashtag and go green!

But first, head over to the forum and help us get the awareness going by sharing the one thing you want others to know about living with arthritis.

 

 

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1http://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/understanding-arthritis/


“I learned that life is precious.”

Posted May 23rd, 2016 by

Meet Jenna. She’s been part of the PatientsLikeMe Team since back in 2012 when she first started as an intern. And for Jenna, working at PatientsLikeMe is personal. Her father was diagnosed with ALS when she was just eight years old, and so, being part of PatientsLikeMe is especially meaningful for her.

For ALS Awareness Month this year, Jenna volunteered to talk on camera about how the condition impacted her childhood; sharing how a family banded together to care for a father, husband and friend.

“I learned that life is precious,” she says. “And I learned at an early age that it’s important to do what you love and do something that makes a difference.”

Hear her story!

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