3 Ways to Increase Arthritis Awareness This Month Without Spending a Dime


Arthritis Awareness Month is here.

Do you feel different?

Probably not. We know your arthritis pain doesn’t take a month off but we figured we’d jump on the awareness month bandwagon because, why not? Truthfully, we think these months are a little silly which is why we created, brace yourself for a plug: #Arthritis365 on Twitter — because we need arthritis awareness every day.

Now that we got our feelings out of the way…

Here are three ways to increase awareness this month without spending/donating a dime. Yes, for free and with no strings attached. And as an added benefit, you can even do these activities in June and December, or any other month, because there’s no expiration date on awareness.

1. Sign up for research.

We know research can be boring and scary. It often has big words that normal people don’t use. But the reality is that it is super important. Did you know that without research there would be internet? Yes, no internet — where would we watch cat videos?!? The horror. But seriously, you would not be reading this without research. And as people with chronic diseases, we need research to advance treatments and help us live happier healthier lives. We created a simple app called ArthritisPower that helps you participate in research while gaining useful information about how your disease is progressing. Learn more at arthritispower.org.

2. Commit to advocacy.

No matter if you wear a red trucker hat or pink pussy hat, advocacy is important. Think about how local, state and federal policies impact your everyday life. Some may argue that advocacy impacts you more than research (but please don’t tell our hard-working research team that). To get involved in patient advocacy, check out our 50-State Network of patient advocates. In this program you will meet other patients who are leading the fight for better access and pro-you policies. Learn more at www.50statenetwork.org.

3. Share our patient guidelines.

Information is power. At least that what we are taught in school. We know that having a chronic disease like arthritis can be overwhelming and that when looking for information you could find a lot of bad information. Like really bad information. Information that provides a false sense of hope because someone’s friend’s aunt “cured” her arthritis by eating a rare berry while doing the Macarena. That’s why we created our patient guidelines so people living with arthritis have a trusted guide for their disease. We currently have patient guidelines for rheumatoid arthritis and plans to roll out more diseases soon. Learn more at creakyjoints.org/patientguidelines.

This blog first appeared on CreakyJoints.

We want to hear your story. Become a Mighty contributor here.

Thinkstock photo by syntika

TOPICS
JOIN THE CONVERSATION

Related to Arthritis

The Awkward Interactions I Face Because I Have an Invisible Illness

“Woah, what are all the pills for?” He points to the lineup of pill bottles sitting on my dresser. I take a moment to think about what I’m going to say. Generally, when I have a guy back to my place for the first time, I don’t like to open with, “Well, along with struggling [...]
scenic view of woman watching at sunset mountains

When I Chose to Be Compassionate Towards My Chronically Ill Self

“Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things.” — Thomas Merton “Compassion is the greatest form of love humans have to offer.” — Rachel Joy Scott “Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.” — Albert Schweitzer “I have just three things [...]
woman listening to headphones with text 16 songs to help you face arthritis

16 Songs to Help You Face Arthritis

On the tough days with arthritis, a great song can help put you in a different frame of mind. A song can inspire you to keep pushing through the pain, remind you that you’re not alone, or even take your mind off the pain. Or maybe, you just need to listen to something that expresses [...]
Woman looking through window, back view

Why It's So Hard to Create a Life With Chronic Pain

I recently was invited to an event that I would have loved to have attended.  Yet, due to what seems like a “never-ending” flare up from my arthritis, I had to decline the invitation. I knew where this place was and I knew the chairs. Oh, the chairs. Why must the chairs always be an issue? [...]