2014 Walk to Cure Arthritis
Saturday, April 26, 2014
The Walk to Cure Arthritis raises funds and awareness to fight the nation's leading cause of disability. We aren't just helping the millions of people who live with arthritis pain, we're funding research that's getting us closer to a cure.
The event features a three-mile and one-mile course, with arthritis information and activities for the entire family. Pet owners are encouraged to bring their dogs.
Let's raise funds to find a cure for arthritis, then come together to support each other and walk!
Please meet Nancy Prideaux, diagnosed at age 19 with rheumatoid arthritis.
In 1977, as a freshman at The University of Texas, I was hit head on by a baffling illness. I awoke to morning stiffness that felt like I had danced on burning coals all night, accompanied by unexplained flu-like symptoms. When I returned home, both index fingers were swollen twice their normal size. It took a reduced course load, multiple swollen joints, the UT Student Health Center and a rheumatologist before I received the diagnosis I already suspected, rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
At 19, my roadmap was forever changed. At first, I thought the RA would go away so I could do the ordinary things college students did. Then I hoped it would go away because I had big plans for myself—a career, getting married, a family. Finally, I reached my turning point and came to accept that I had two lots in life—one I was given and one I could make for myself. I am now on a journey of coping.
Although RA has altered my life plan and taken some things from me, it has given me unexpected gifts. I have learned that my strength comes from my mind, heart and soul, places arthritis will never reach. I have learned resilience and flexibility and to aim for balance in my life. I have enjoyed a challenging and rewarding role as a professor in the School of Human Ecology at UT. My voluntarism has afforded me the opportunity to help others shifting focus from myself. I know I need to rely on others to succeed.
I am most grateful for my friends and family for their support and compassion. I can’t beat RA yet, but it certainly won’t beat me.
You can support Nancy and her team, Nancy’s Wings here.
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For more help or information about the Walk to Cure Arthritis, contact Helen Ross Petty at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 512-800-4060.