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Raquel Masco: Working Through the Pain

Raquel Masco is no stranger to making the most out of a difficult situation. In fact, she’s made an entire career from dusting herself off and getting back on her feet. After leaving an unhealthy relationship to raise her child alone, Raquel decided she would help others in similar situations. She co-founded the nonprofit SingleMothers4Change and has spent the last several years ensuring single moms in her Texas community have the resources they need to build an amazing life.

With her can-do attitude, it’s no surprise that an arthritis diagnosis didn’t keep her down. She’s determined to make the best of her life, even if it means working through the pain and acknowledging her limitations.

“Some days I feel like I’m being held up by a string,” she says. “I work through the pain, but also have learned how to pace myself, and that I am often more effective if I acknowledge my limitations.”

Donate today to help those like Raquel – Every ONE, Every DOLLAR can make a difference.

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Study Finds Many More U.S. Adults Have Arthritis Than Previously Thought

Arthritis might be far more common in the United States than previously thought, especially among adults younger than 65. That’s according to a new study published online in Arthritis & Rheumatology in November.

Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) undertook the study because they suspected the current estimate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – which puts the number of adults with arthritis in the U.S. at around 54 million – might be too low.

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Researchers on the Path to a Cure – Spotlight on Dr. Edward Doherty

Why is my immune system attacking my joints? What is the cause? If you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), this is something you have probably wondered at some point. It’s something Dr. Edward Doherty has wondered as well, and is currently studying. Dr. Doherty and his co-investigator, Dr. Pathricia Tilstam are studying key cells that drive inflammation in their 2-year Arthritis Foundation-funded project, “MIF/CD74 signaling as a new candidate for immunotherapy of rheumatoid arthritis”. With autoimmune disorders like RA, something triggers the immune system to malfunction and attack healthy cells, causing inflammation and disease. Dr. Doherty and Dr. Tilstam are looking for some of the triggers to help develop more effective treatments to stop progression and joint destruction.

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Year-End Tax Planning in Uncertain Times

There is always a certain degree of guesswork that goes into year-end tax planning, but this year there is the added uncertainty surrounding what the tax code will look like after Washington completes the overhaul of our tax system.  The income tax rates for many individuals and businesses may decrease; the definition of income subject to tax may change considerably as well.  Many itemized deductions that we have become so used to, such as the deduction for qualified medical expenses, state and local income taxes and real estate taxes may be eliminated.

However, if the resulting new rules resemble the proposals, there will be a doubling of the standard deduction and the possible elimination of the controversial Alternative Minimum Tax.  Below are some tax-planning suggestions, including suggestions related to charitable gifts, which consider both the typical year-end planning techniques as well as planning for a potential overhaul:

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Three Days Lost and 1,000 Miles to See a Doctor

It’s 500 miles door to door. Sixteen hours of driving time roundtrip, sometimes in treacherous conditions. Three days lost … at least twice every year.

That’s what Mason Merager and his mom have experienced over the past decade, just so they could see a specialist trained to treat childhood arthritis. They’ve had to plan their trips to coincide with summer school breaks and end-of-year holidays. Without financial support, they would have had to sacrifice Mason’s health because of the overwhelming costs.

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Three New Studies Show How Extra Weight Worsens Inflammatory Arthritis

It’s no secret that obesity is associated with a higher risk of developing rheumatic diseases and worse outcomes. Three new studies, presented recently at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology, characterize in greater detail the harmful effects of excess weight in people who have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or axial spondyloarthropathy (axSpA).

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Every ONE, Every DOLLAR, Can Make Healthcare Accessible to All!

On #GivingTuesday, You Can Support Our New Rheumatology Fellowship Program

Imagine waking up every morning feeling so tired and sick that you can’t get out of bed. Your joints so swollen that you can’t put on socks or shoes. A waiting list for your doctor so long, it will be months before you’re able to get care.

That’s the reality for millions of Americans, including hundreds of thousands of children, who face a steadily shrinking pool of rheumatologists to provide care. This severe shortage means that patients often spend months waiting for appointments, with many traveling hundreds of miles for the specialized care they need.

But on November 28, #GivingTuesday, you can help change that by donating to the Arthritis Foundation and supporting our new rheumatology fellowship program.

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Andrea Avery: Composing My Life

Last week at the Conference of Champions, Andrea Avery, author and Arizona-based Foundation volunteer, shared her gripping story, intertwining her love for piano and the reality of her arthritis. Beyond sharing her personal story with hundreds of volunteers in Phoenix, she also met and performed with her inspiration, Byron Janis, master and renowned pianist. See below for an excerpt from her book, Sonata: A Memoir of Pain and the Piano.

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Get in the Spirit with the Jingle Bell Run!

The Jingle Bell Run is one of the most spirited fun runs in the nation! This fun, festive, holiday-themed 5K is the perfect excuse to get in the spirit during the holiday season – and, even better, 100% of your registration fees and fundraising help support a great cause!

If you’re still on the fence about whether or not to register this season, give these five reasons a try – and then listen to what our community has to say!

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Conference of Champions Evening of Honors

Rising to the Occasion at Our Conference of Champions

Hundreds of Arthritis Foundation volunteers, donors and partners converged on Phoenix, Arizona, Nov. 16-17, to celebrate the year’s successes and roll up their sleeves to begin shaping plans that will accomplish even more in 2018. Participants at the 2017 Conference of Champions left the Valley of the Sun with a renewed passion for fighting arthritis harder than ever in communities nationwide.

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