One of the things that I don’t often talk about is a little thing called arthritis. The kind of arthritis that I have is like a tag-a-long to my thyroid disease and very much connected to the fun world of auto-immune disorders. I am lucky that when my thyroid is ok I am not really aware of any extra joint pain from rheumatoid arthritis. (and in case you are wondering, my thyroid levels have been helped tremendously by monitoring and medication)

My Grandmother had arthritis and now Mother battles it. I have seen both women wince in pain from the simplest of movement. Cold weather is especially hard on my Mom right now (it is the only reason I will hate on cold weather because I hate how it triggers joint pain in my Mom).

I’m telling you all of this because I care about you. And I care about the people in your family that are dealing with arthritis. This friday is World Arthritis Day. Observed every year on Oct. 12 since 1996, World Arthritis Day is part of a global awareness initiative by the United Nations-endorsed Bone and Joint Decade. That means it is a day for educating, a day to help each other with resources, and a day to share our stories.

The number of people who are battling arthritis is staggering. One in every five adults is dealing with it and it is the nation’s leading cause of disability.

Arthritis.org has teamed up with the Ad Council to bring you a site all about fighting arthritis pain. It is packed with resources, inspirational stories, a quiz to see if you are at risk, and ways that you can get involved if you want to help others.

If you decide to share your arthritis story you can connect with all of us on twitter at #WorldArthritisDay

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