What Would Rheumatoid Awareness Mean to You?

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What difference do you think it would make if it Rheumatoid Disease were recognized for what it is by everyone – the general public, media and marketers, pharmaceutical companies, U.S. National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American College of Rheumatology, all healthcare professionals, your neighbors and your family…?

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Rheumatoid Awareness Day, February 2nd, is a day of recognition of the reality that Rheumatoid Disease (RD) is a progressive inflammatory disease in need of greater research and improved treatments. RD causes damage to joint and organ tissues, resulting in severe pain, frequent disability, and increased mortality. Rheumatoid Awareness Day helps combat the misconception that Rheumatoid Disease is a form of arthritis. While joint inflammation is a prominent symptom of this disease for most patients, it’s a disservice to refer to RD as merely a type of arthritis. Patients in our community have often experienced systemic effects of the disease that confirm what research tells us. So…

  • More research dollars?
  • Earlier medical treatment?
  • More appropriate accommodation?


Tell the world your answerRheumatoid Awareness Day ribbon

  • Share your answer in the comments box.
  • Share this blog post on social media, along with your answer.
  • Email this post to a friend, adding your comment (button below).
  • Write a blog post about WHAT RHEUMATOID AWARENESS WOULD MEAN on your own blog.

#Rheum Blog Carnival

If you have a blog of any kind, you are invited to write a brief post to answer the question What Would Rheumatoid Awareness Mean? Put a link to this post in your blog post, and add a comment below to tell others about your blog. Patients and their families, caregivers, as well as industry and healthcare professionals are welcome to participate. I hope we hear a variety of voices in honor of Rheumatoid Awareness Day. On January 31, I’ll post summaries of all the blog posts, with links so you can visit them all.

Participate in Rheumatoid Awareness Day 2014

Click here for a list of 2014 Rheumatoid Awareness Day events on rheum4us.org. In 2013, people held local gatherings and fundraisers. Tens of thousands participated in live online events on social media. Others contacted local media or public officials for proclamations of Rheumatoid Awareness Day – click here for one story. Many donated to the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation (RPF). This year will bring another special matching grant for RPF donations, so you can contribute to that now if you’d like. If you do, I encourage you to share that with others too, since it might inspire them to get involved.

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This entry was posted on Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 at 4:44 am and is filed under Communication and Inspiration. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.


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