World Arthritis Day

Many of the resources you’ll find on our Resources page actually come from arthritis-related organizations and writers. There’s a good reason for that.

Both Mariah and I deal with types of arthritis. We began writing on our personal sites about our lives with arthritis and how it affects everything from bathrooming to sex. We are incredibly lucky to travel in many of the same illness circles, leading us to be able to see each other a few times a year in a world where we’re lucky to see our siblings that much in person. We even presented at the Juvenile Arthritis Conference for the Arthritis Foundation to discuss relationships and sex with the 18+ young adult crowd this year! (Looking for the resource sheet we used? CLICK HERE!)

kirsten, mariah, and stephen keegan presenting at the 2015 juvenile arthritis conference east

World Arthritis Day is a day to raise awareness of all things arthritis, from our medications to how it affects our lives to more.

Did you know that ‘arthritis‘ is an umbrella term? Over 120 diseases that have arthritis (inflammation and/or stiffness in the joints) as a symptom. These can include things like degenerative diseases of the spine, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, and more.

While we may more commonly imagine osteoarthritis when someone says ‘arthritis,’ infants can even be stricken by forms of arthritis. Types of Juvenile Arthritis affect over 300,000 children in the United States and even more worldwide.

Some types of arthritis have been shown to have genetic links or to be hereditary like Ankylosing Spondylitis. Others, like Fibromyalgia, have been shown to have ties to trauma and injury. An interesting study examined the rates of Fibro in those who survived the Holocaust and their peers, finding that those who went through the traumas of the Holocaust had far higher rates of Fibro.

If you deal with one or more types of arthritis, please know that we are here for you.

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