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Why Advocacy Is Important

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It’s Wednesday! Hello, GFC Lovin’

I’ve written a couple of times about why I’m an arthritis advocate. (You can read what this means here, and my story about having arthritis here.) The long story short is that I have rheumatoid arthritis and my battle with it makes me want to help other people who have it and other kinds of arthritis.

If you think that I’m being a baby and you’re too lazy to read either of the above links, let me just say that this week I have to fill out forms for work in connection with the American Disabilities Act and mail my Tennessee disabled parking placard to my doctor for him to complete and send it. Since I fall under these two things, I’m sure you can guess that arthritis is no small sickness or business, even though I am highly functioning.

Look at my arm! That’s a splint/removable cast. I was in it for 2 months because inflammation from arthritis built up and I partially dislocated my hand while brushing my hair (I’m not joking.)
Please ignore how awful I look in this picture from 2012. The point of this picture is the wheelchair. That’s it!

One component of arthritis advocacy is awareness, which you can see I do in those two links up above. Another is raising money to prevent, control, and cure arthritis. One way to do this is by participating in a walk or run and raising money.

That leads me to my point. My family is walking in the Arthritis Foundation’s Boston chapter’s The Arthritis Walk, which is in September. They are aiming to raise $2,000! If you are able to spare even just $5, please donate to help them reach that goal. You can find their page (and a great picture of the four of us) here.

Think that this is ridiculous and I shouldn’t be asking you for money? Well, sign up for The Arthritis Walk closest to you, or the Jingle Bell Walk/Run in December. Or just do a random walk/run that you want to do and sign up to race for a cure. Racing for a Cure supports the National Arthritis Research Foundation. The NARF’s main purpose is raising money for research, and 91 cents from every dollar goes to research.

However you go about it, I would really appreciate it if you could help support me and others with arthritis.

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