Today, October 12, 2016 is World Arthritis Day–a day supported by children and adults living with arthritis and rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs). So many organizations and individual who live with arthritis and autoimmune diseases have found unique ways to send messages, videos, and photos via their social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. (See my photos above that I used today)
The European organization EULAR (The European League Against Rheumatism) — represents people with arthritis/rheumatism, health professional and scientific societies of rheumatology of all the European nations–and has launched ‘The Future in your Hands’ – a social media campaign informing people around the world about rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) and why taking action is so important.” (http://www.eular.org/world_arthritis_day.cfm)
I have chosen to respond to and to re-tweet favorite tweets from Twitter and to post photos and messages on Instagram and Facebook–to remind my friends and the rest of the world that those of us with arthritis face its many forms head on in many ways, even though approximately 1 in 3 (over 50 million) adults live with some form of arthritis and 1 in 250 (nearly 300,000) children live with one of the three major forms of Juvenile Arthritis.
If you missed celebrating World Arthritis Day this October 12th, don’t worry. We still are celebrating Bone and Joint Action Awareness Week (October 12th-20th), World Spine Day (October 15th), World Trauma Day (October 17th), World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day (October 19th) and World Osteoporosis Day (October 20th) during October, along with the UK’s Bone and Joint Decade (2010-2020). Find your unique way to spread Arthritis Awareness around the world, whether holding a special event, using social media, or just talking with a friend or family member, who lives daily with the effects of arthritis.
In the US, the “United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) is the U.S. National Action Network of the Global Bone and Joint Decade, a multi-disciplinary initiative targeting the care of people with musculoskeletal conditions— bone and joint disorders. Its focus is on improving quality of life as well as advancing the understanding and treatment of those conditions through research, prevention and education.” According to the USBJI, their goal is to improve a wide range of conditions (such as arthritis, back pain, osteoporosis, broken bones, spinal disorders, hip, knee, and foot pain, and trauma [caused by injuries, i.e., sports injuries, or snow skiing and automobile accidents like I was involved in during my early 20s]. (https://www.usbji.org/about)