I hope you have had a great week so far. I still can’t believe we are in 2019 now and I probably won’t get used to it for 6-7 months.
Today’s post is sponsored by The Arthritis Foundation! I feel like it is really important to talk about this and spread awareness about arthritis because one in four (more than 54 million) Americans have arthritis. Whether you struggle with arthritis or you do not, we can all learn how we can make a difference to help those that live with this challenge daily! Arthritis is the #1 cause of disability in America and we need to be talking about this and raise awareness.
As runners or exercise lovers, I think we can all agree that it is incredibly hard to have to stop doing what we love to do because of pain or discomfort. I have been heartbroken many times because I’ve had to stop running and drop out of races because of an injury or health problems. During those months of recovery I missed the feeling of my heart rate increasing with each mile or the stress relief I got from 60 minutes outside in the fresh air alone. It’s so hard to have to adjust our lifestyles and passions due to an injury. I can’t even imagine how hard it must be to do this for those struggling with arthritis!
Arthritis is not an “old person’s disease”… my sister was diagnosed with arthritis when she was 35! Two-thirds of people with arthritis are under the age of 65, including 300,000 children. My sister has been active her entire life and she has always taken such good care of herself by eating well, running and her strength training. She was absolutely shocked by the diagnosis and how much her arthritis affected her everyday life caring for her children and being active (her two youngest boys are below a little bit after she was first diagnosed with arthritis).
My sister was the one that got me into running in the first place! I started running with her when I was twelve years old and we have shared hundreds and hundreds of miles together. She has a pr of 1:35 for the half and this girl is STRONG emotionally and physically.
I was so sad when I lost my favorite running buddy for a few years (she was able to have surgery to help the herniated disks, which has allowed her to run again but running with arthritis will never feel the same as it used to for her… there is no cure (YET) for arthritis).
My mom has lived with arthritis throughout her life. She has had arthritis in her knees most of her adult life. Running has never been an option for her because of her arthritis. After she gave birth to me she had temporary postpartum arthritis in her hands for about 7 weeks. It was very painful to use her hands, especially after being asleep. The arthritis pain made it very difficult to handle a hungry, crying newborn in the middle of the night. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related diseases. It affects so many different people in so many ways.
I hope and pray that there is a cure someday soon for arthritis. I hope that those that struggle with it will one day be able to have a better daily quality of life and continue to do the things that they love to do. It’s so important that we talk about this and raise awareness. I have heard from many of you over the last 8 years that struggle or have loved ones that struggle with how arthritis has affected their running—> 81% of Americans have or know someone with arthritis!
Let’s help to get a grip on arthritis and here are a few ways that you can help.
*You can also help me raise awareness about arthritis by posting what you love doing (like running or lifting) on Twitter or Instagram because not everyone with arthritis can do the things they love. Remember to include #LetsGripArthritis hashtag and tag your friends too!
*If you do struggle with arthritis, you can get tips and tricks about how to continue doing the things that you love to do despite arthritis—>. HERE!
Do you or anyone that you know have arthritis? How long have they/you had it and how does it effect your daily life?
Do you have any injuries or health problems right now that effect your daily life?
How old were you when you first started to run?