Arthritis is not a sexy disease. It does not motivate people to do ice bucket challenges. It does not have an entire month where everyone wears “blue” and professional athletes don the signature color in their gear to promote awareness. Arthritis does not have celebrities “standing up” to raise funds and find a cure.
Arthritis is a disease that affects millions of people every day. It changes the lives of each patient in every way. It affects their families and their friends. Arthritis is most often “not looking sick”. But be assured if someone you know has Arthritis they are sick, very sick. And they don’t “look sick” because they have made every effort to appear that way.
Arthritis has no cure. There are over 100 types of Arthritis. Researchers are not even sure what causes someone to get Arthritis. Arthritis does not affect each patient in the same way. It is not a disease only old people have.
Arthritis sufferers include men and women, children and adults. Approximately 350 million people worldwide have arthritis. Nearly 40 million persons in the United States are affected by arthritis, including over a quarter million children!
More than 21 million Americans have osteoarthritis. Approximately 2.1 million Americans suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. More than half of those with arthritis are under 65 years of age. Nearly 60% of Americans with arthritis are women.
I am a 41 year old wife, mother and friend. I Am the Face of Arthritis.