On Saturday I'm going to participate in the Arthritis Foundation's "Let's Move Together" Walk, a fundraiser taking place across the country. I just learned about the local walk on Monday, and I'm mentioning it here at rather the last minute, but apparently I need to raise $100 to even qualify for a t-shirt, so I'm putting it out there, both to ask for your moral support and your financial support.
I have to admit, I haven't been part of a fundraising walk for anything for many years, so it's kind of hilarious to be doing it a year after my diagnosis with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I'll be walking with Sam as my co-pilot, and we will do the three mile course. Since he has been getting pretty wimpy little walks of late, he says he'll do the best he can.
I'm one of the lucky ones. I've responded well to the treatment for RA. I haven't need to go "up" from methotrexate to one of the biologics, and we're in the process of reducing the anti-inflammatories I take. As long as I don't overdo things–which is not as easy as it might sound–I feel pretty good.
There are trade-offs. I won't wear kitten heels again (both the knees and the toes howl!), but at least I can still knit. I probably won't go back to use the weight machines at the gym, but I raked the flower beds myself, in bits and pieces.
The work being done by the Arthritis Foundation includes research, programs and services. I hope you'll consider supporting AF and yours truly with a donation. This link ought to get you to my donation page, but a word of warning: when I try to open the donation page in Firefox, it freezes, so if you're actually going there, you might want to try it in Internet Explorer or some other browser.