As a person with Rheumatoid Arthritis I’m very happy that they have created an awareness day for us, and they are renaming it Rheumatoid Disease. RD is different from Osteo Arthritis and it affects other parts of our bodies besides the joints. So as to stop confusing the two, they’re renaming it Rheumatoid Disease. Often when I tell somebody that I have RA, they’ll say “oh, my grandmother has that.” Probably what I have is so much different than what your grandmother has. It’s not your grandmother’s arthritis.
Below I have posted the RD Awareness Ribbon and part of the press release!
Rheumatoid Patient Foundation (RPF) announces the establishment of Rheumatoid Awareness Day to be held each year on February 2, giving people with the chronic illness known as rheumatoid arthritis, or rheumatoid disease, a day of recognition. Because the disease is commonly presumed to be a type of arthritis, awareness is lacking, causing problems with disability accommodations, clinical care, healthcare reimbursement and research funding. The Rheumatoid Patient Foundation will support the first annual Rheumatoid Awareness Day with a campaign aimed at raising awareness and educating about rheumatoid disease.
I’m very excited about Saturday. Hopefully I’ll be doing something that my Dr can’t believe I still can do – skiing. Meantime, it’s Monday night. Time to inject my methotrexate. Have a good night all.