1st Rheumatoid Disease Awareness Day – Groundhog Day 2013

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Rheumatoid Disease Awareness Day – FEBRUARY 2

A DAY FOR RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS AWARENESS: February 2nd is the annual Rheumatoid Disease Awareness Day – CLICK TO READ PRESS RELEASE. Details about how you can get involved in the day of recognition for people living with Rheumatoid Disease, previously “Rheumatoid Arthritis,” can be found here. February is heart disease month, which is a fitting way to remind the world Rheumatoid Disease is not “a type of arthritis,” but a systemic disease that can even affect the heartMuse with me for a couple minutes about the significance of February 2nd as it relates to rheumatoid disease.

February 2nd date emphasizes the turning point of disease diagnosis

Rheumatoid Disease Awareness Day groundhogThe groundhog didn’t arbitrarily choose February 2nd to pop up looking for spring – he’s obviously well taught on the patterns of nature. After February 2nd was proposed for Rheumatoid Disease Awareness Day, my friend Jay (known well by many on Facebook for his witty and captivating posts that often involve mathematics) enlightened me that the second of February is a Cross-Quarter day, a mid-point between a Solstice and an Equinox. The groundhog is right: February 2nd is a turning point.

When rheumatoid disease strikes a person (a form of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis / Juvenile Arthritis or of Rheumatoid Arthritis), there’s a short window of opportunity to get diagnosed and treated for the best outcome. It’s as difficult to forecast disease prognosis as it is to predict the last day of cold weather. However, it remains a crucial decision point: Will he be diagnosed early? Will she receive timely treatment? Unfortunately that’s less likely with a low level of disease awareness.

Groundhog Day: movie & meaning

Meaningful implications exist for February 2nd (Candlemas) in Anglicanism, Catholicism, Eastern Orthodox, and other religions; but for me it’s also hallowed because of the Bill Murray – Andie MacDowell movie. I’ve watched the 1993 Groundhog Day at least a dozen times. Probably more, but I tend to underestimate things like that on the blog.

Below is one of my favorite clips from the film because when it came out Gabriel (my Bichon Frisé) was only a couple years old. Many times a day I sang to him, “Gabe! I got you Gabe” à la Sony and Cher. The clip is wildly funny because Phil (Murray) becomes hysterically angry at the clock radio as it plays the same song, “Babe! I got you Babe” apparently hundreds of times, suggesting that Murray is doomed to repeat the same day endlessly – Groundhog Day.

Murray becomes frantic that change is not coming – not even a new day is coming.

What if there were no tomorrow? Only more of today? It’s the experience of many people with full-blown rheumatoid disease. Along with the pain and increasing disability, they feel astonished that the same difficulties will be faced in countless future days.

But the movie has a happy ending and I’ll watch it again this year! I love watching Phil (very gradually) learn from his mistakes and begin to care for others more. Laughter is such excellent medicine.

The 1st Rheumatoid Disease Awareness Day

This first Rheumatoid Disease Awareness Day is a turning point for people with rheumatoid disease (PRD) as well. Standing together, patients will generate greater disease awareness, research funding, and better care. Please click here to read lots of ways YOU can get involved in Rheumatoid Awareness Day. For example, click here to be counted by joining the Facebook event now.

Please feel free to save the images and use them in social media or your own website. There are other images available on rheum4us.org.

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Rheumatoid Disease Awareness Day - February 2

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