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Review for Arthritis Foundation Inc., Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I chose to become a volunteer after being diagnosed with rhuematoid arthritis 5 years ago. This has not been an easy diease to live with, especially when you are in your 30s and do not look sick. The Arthritis Foundation has been a second family to me. They can help get information on medicines you are taking, help find a doctor, provide classes to ease and manage arthritis pain and offer forums to help deal with your diease. I only partcipate in organizations that I truly believe in and this is one of them. My whole family is involved in helping now and I couldn't be more proud!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have been to several walks and jingle bell runs in the past 5 years, went to a tai chi class, was certified to teach a self-help class (taught 2 -8 week classes), spoke on behalf of RA patients a some forums, went to open forums for PT, OT, rhuematologists.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Raise more money for research. People do not know how much this diease affects a person and an entire family until it happens to you. I've been through a ton of medicines and just want one that will put me into remission so I can play and keep up with my kids. I feel like I am often much older than I am and have had half my life taken from me. The sad part is that RA can strike very young children as well. More research is needed!

Role:  Volunteer & coach swimming.