DH and I have two daughters who seem to have inherited my sense of humor, their father's sweetness, and our love of reading. Our younger daughter also seems to have "inherited" rheumatoid arthritis. Just shy of her 23rd birthday she was diagnosed with RA after going to the doctor for what she thought was carpal tunnel syndrome.
Right now she is fortunate. She leads a mostly normal life, except for days when she can hardly function for the pain.
For the last few years, she has participated in the Arthritis Foundation's Jingle Bell Walk/Run in Northville, Michigan. In December. For those of you who are not familiar with Northville, it is a charming, yet hilly town in the western 'burbs of Detroit. One year, we walked the route with her. Believe me, the first weekend of December is usually cold and snowy, wet and icy. And yet, you will see hundreds of people out there helping to raise money for Arthritis research.
Her donation page is here at Jingle Bell Run. Stop in for a visit and maybe some encouragement.
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