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We Want to Know How You Are #StrongerThanJA!

We Want to Know How You Are #StrongerThanJA!

Every day we are constantly in awe of the children, siblings, parents, families and caregivers we meet, who face and overcome the everyday challenges of living with arthritis. It’s never one thing in particular, and individually or collectively, we can celebrate these victories. Sometimes it’s getting out of bed in the morning that makes you stronger than arthritis. Sometimes it’s writing a letter to your representative and telling your story. Other times it’s dancing, playing sports, throwing water balloons, setting goals for the future, going to Disneyland or walking with your family and friends in the Walk to Cure Arthritis. There are ...more
Impossible? Not to Bicyclist Noah Jones, Who Won’t Let Arthritis Hold Him Back

Impossible? Not to Bicyclist Noah Jones, Who Won’t Let Arthritis Hold Him Back

There are days when it’s impossible for 12-year-old Noah Jones to walk. Or feel like eating. Or doing anything else, for that matter. Then there are days when ‘impossible’ isn’t in Noah’s vocabulary. The days when the only thing he thinks about is getting on his BMX bicycle and riding with his friends, doing slides and jumps, wheelies and whips, twists and turns. Doing bike tricks and stunts makes Noah happy – and it helps him forget, for the moment anyway, that he was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) before he was 2. Ever since, the disease has affected him ...more
Highlights from the 9th Annual Arthritis Introspective & Arthritis Foundation National Gathering

Highlights from the 9th Annual Arthritis Introspective & Arthritis Foundation National Gathering

What a weekend! On Friday, May 20th, our arthritis community members from across the country gathered together for a national gathering in Nashville for a weekend of learning, growth, empowerment and community. With a theme of “Grow Together” this year’s event was particularly special. Arthritis Introspective has recently become part of the Arthritis Foundation family, bringing a robust and broad network of local community groups into the Arthritis Foundation’s suite of help and support resources. We kicked the weekend off with some fun during our Meet & Greet event on Friday night. We got some great time to reconnect with old ...more
Help the World #SeeArthritis During Arthritis Awareness Month

Help the World #SeeArthritis During Arthritis Awareness Month

As many of you know, May is Arthritis Awareness Month and we’ve been celebrating the incredible warriors in our community through the #SeeArthritis initiative. We’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of support our community has received so far. Ten thousand people have turned their profile pictures green to help raise awareness around arthritis, and now, we want YOU to share your arthritis story with us! Tell us what drives you to succeed every day with arthritis, how you exude the “Champion of Yes” mentality, and what you plan to pursue in the future. Along with your story, send us a picture ...more
“Honey, I Have Gout”: A Spouse Reflects on Her Worries

“Honey, I Have Gout”: A Spouse Reflects on Her Worries

At times, life can be difficult for those living with gout, but it can be just as hard on spouses. When you live in close quarters with a significant other, you undoubtedly feel the pain they deal with on a daily basis. Mira knows this firsthand. Early on in their marriage, Mira’s husband returned from a business trip with a painful toe and they couldn’t figure out the cause. “For someone who was athletic and never had any health problems, it was inexplicable,” says Mira. “That first attack lasted about a week, and we were young, so he didn’t go see ...more
Man Behind the San Antonio Spurs Coyote Retires, Says Yes to a New Challenge

Man Behind the San Antonio Spurs Coyote Retires, Says Yes to a New Challenge

On Thursday, May 19, 2016, San Antonio resident Rob Wicall announced his retirement from his longtime position as the Coyote, the popular mascot of the San Antonio Spurs. Approximately three years ago, Rob was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis (AS), a type of arthritis that primarily affects the spine and back. While Rob has enjoyed his long tenure with the San Antonio Spurs, he is looking forward to serving in leadership roles throughout the San Antonio community. “Of course it’s bittersweet, but I am excited to spend game nights with my family, explore some creative projects, and be open to whatever other ...more
Let’s Speak Gout: Addressing A Treatable, Yet Often Untreated Condition

Let’s Speak Gout: Addressing A Treatable, Yet Often Untreated Condition

Did you know that Gout Awareness Day is held on May 22? In support of Gout Awareness Day today, we've launched a new tool to help those that suffer from the disease. Of the nearly 8.3 million adults living with gout, more than half experience multiple gout attacks each year. But having fewer or no gout attacks is possible. The Arthritis Foundation’s Let’s Speak Gout patient tool is now available to empower you to better manage your disease. Let’s Speak Gout was developed—with sponsorship support from Takeda Pharmaceuticals—to provide resources that help patients and doctors make discussions about gout management a priority. Good ...more
Arizona Arthritis Advocates Achieve Biosimilar Substitution Victory!

Arizona Arthritis Advocates Achieve Biosimilar Substitution Victory!

With new, innovative arthritis medications coming to market, patients with arthritis may soon have access to potentially less expensive biosimilar medications (similar to biologics). However, imagine that, without your knowledge, your pharmacy substituted the biologic medication prescribed by your doctor with a new interchangeable biosimilar. Residents of Arizona no longer have to worry because this week, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed House Bill 2310 (HB 2310) into law. HB 2310 allows pharmacists to substitute biologic medications with new, interchangeable and potentially less expensive biosimilar medications when they come to market. The bill also ensures patients and their physicians know when a ...more
Gout Is No Joke: Misinformation & Shaming May Prevent People from Getting Appropriate Care

Gout Is No Joke: Misinformation & Shaming May Prevent People from Getting Appropriate Care

  “Gout is so 18th century. It’s like, why don’t I get scarlet fever and syphilis as well, while I’m about it?”  - Columnist and restaurant critic Giles Coren, The Times, September 13, 2014 That’s just one of hundreds of gout jokes, cartoons and snide jabs that have been spied in the media in the last few years -- and that doesn’t take into account a rich tradition of gout lampoonery dating back at least to the 18th century (Google “James Gillray”). Then or now, it’s hard to imagine another disease that gets so little respect. And that’s a problem, according to New Zealand ...more
Highlights of the 50th Annual Knowles Lecture

Highlights of the 50th Annual Knowles Lecture

Earlier this month, the Medical and Scientific Committee of the Arthritis Foundation, Northern California office held the 50th Annual Knowles Lecture at the Mission Bay Conference Center at the University of California, San Francisco. The Knowles Lecture was established with a leadership gift from Harold W. Knowles to the Arthritis Foundation’s Northern California office in 1966. For 50 years, internationally renowned scientific and clinical leaders from universities and medical centers have addressed leading issues in the care and treatment of arthritis and related diseases. The 2016 Knowles Lecture keynote speaker was the honorable Sir Ravinder Maini, M.D., Emeritus Professor of Rheumatology, Imperial ...more