Take Action Against Arthritis: October 12th is #WorldArthritisDay

Did you know that Arthritis is the nation’s leading cause of disability? It impacts ONE in every FIVE adults and affects 4 million people in the US and hundreds of millions around the world. No one deserves to live every day in pain. These stats are staggering.

And as someone who comes from a family full of autoimmune diseases I worry about developing Rheumatoid Arthritis. I have multiple family members with Lupus and Celiac disease plus I already have Raynaud’s Disease – an autoimmune disorder where my fingers and toes literally get FRIGID and lose circulation when I’m in the cold. So I definitely worry about someday developing Rheumatoid Arthritis given the genetic link between all of these autoimmune diseases.

While there is no cure for arthritis, The Arthritis Foundation wants to encourage all Americans to take simple steps that will prevent or decrease the pain and disability of arthritis. In partnership with the Ad Council, the Arthritis Foundation is launching the Take Action Against Arthritis initiative in support of World Arthritis Day on October 12, 2012. Observed every year on Oct. 12 since 1996, WorldArthritis Day is part of a global awareness initiative by the United Nations-endorsed Bone and Joint Decade.

Check out this Visualization Tool (weapons.fightarthritispain.org) which allows users to share their weapons against arthritis and learn what others do in their fight against the disease.

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