Hey all, today is World Arthritis Day. A day of awareness for people with rheumatic disease. There are more than 200 rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMD’s). This year’s theme is ‘Move to Improve’.
You can click on the pic above and also the globe in the sidebar and be taken to the World Arthritis Day website. There you can find out more about today, get resources for yourself or to educate your loved ones, and have an opportunity to wave for WAD! You can submit your picture of you waving for World Arthritis Day. The photos are being put into a montage and the goal this year is 100,000 pictures. Countries are competing to see who has the most waves. =) You can see the tallies at the website.
I think this is a fun idea and we’ll be ‘waving’ here and sending ours in. I’ll be sure to post it here when we do. They’re accepting photos until October 31st, so it’s not too late to be involved. Anyone can wave; you don’t have to have a disease, you can wave to support your friend or family member.
Waving is a small physical activity, but a big gesture for people with rheumatic disease. It also ties in with this year’s theme which is movement, and we all know this is SO important. Now that doesn’t mean running a marathon, unless you can and um, like to run…That’s just something I never did enjoy even when my muscles were my own. But light exercise is very important to keep your muscles from atrophying.
My mantra is ‘baby steps, baby steps’. There was a time when I couldn’t walk more than a few feet, and even then had to rely on a walker. The couple of years of me being immobile really did a number on my muscles. My disease is a muscle-wasting disease to begin with, so I really need to stay as active as I can. Something I have not been so successful with lately btw, but that’s the good thing about a new day. A day to try again.
Stop in at the website. Click the counter to ‘wave’ in spirit. Let me know in the comments if you did, I’d love to see them!
I’m cruising You Tube looking for videos to update the awareness videos on the sidebar here. The first video that pops up when searching ‘dermatomyositis’ is the same one that popped up I don’t know how many years ago. I got frustrated when I viewed it now, just like I did when I viewed it a few years ago. If I was a person to rely on one You Tube video I’d be severely misinformed. That’s the ONLY thing that saves me from blowing a blood vessel; knowing that most people will keep searching and reading to find out about something that they’re interested in.
She describes it to feel like ‘a mild flu’, oh brother to that one. Then, the interviewer asks her about the outcome and she paints such a rosy picture! She says ‘it’s usually about 2 years for the complete treatment of dermatomyositis’…whaaaa??? I want to go to wherever she’s at…she also says in most cases after putting it into a ‘quiet state’, which would be remission, it doesn’t usually come back. Again, where is she getting this from? Periods of remission may happen, they may not. There’s no ‘usually’ or ‘mostly’ as to it staying gone…sigh. I’m not trying to ‘fatal-ize’ this disease, I only wish that people in places of authority would state the facts. It’s irresponsible not to.
We need a cure. We need research, and research funding. We need enough people to care about a disease that’s rare. It still affects people, it still disables people, and it still kills people. People with DM are at a higher risk for developing certain cancers; cervix, lungs, pancreas, breasts, ovaries, and gastrointestinal tract. [mayo clinic] Interstitial lung disease is seen in 20 to 80% of patients with DM, depending on many different factors, with ILD being a major cause of morbidity and mortality. [ILD in DM and PM]
Here’s a really good informative video. It’s definitely not ‘user friendly’; it’s a technical video for teaching purposes. Lots of facts though. But still, if you’re not up on your medical terminology you might miss a lot of good info.
I’m still on a mission to find some informative, short, layman-speak vids. I might end up making some. We’ll see. 🙂