Show Us Your Hands! Inflammatory Arthritis Community Collage Grows To 1000 Photos

(April 7, 2012) – Show Us Your Hands! is pleased to announce that its inflammatory arthritis community collage has grown to more than one thousand photos. This interactive collage includes the hands of individuals who live with many different types of inflammatory arthritis, and can be viewed online at showusyourhands.org/interactive-collage/. To commemorate this milestone, Show Us Your Hands! plans to release a new 1000 Hands Poster this coming May as part of Arthritis Awareness Month.

The one-thousandth photo was submitted by Kathy Winkelmann of Rochester Hills, Michigan. Kathy was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in December 2011. “I’m just learning how to come to terms with it and not let it take over my life,” she says. Kathy will receive a complimentary copy of the upcoming 1000 Hands Poster, in recognition of the fact her hand was officially the one-thousandth photo that was submitted to the community collage.

The interactive collage debuted in December 2011. People of all ages from around the world are represented in this community project, and new photos continue to be added to on a regular basis. This community collage project serves not only as symbol of the wonderfully supportive inflammatory arthritis community that continues to grow and connect online, but also acts as a reminder that people who live with these diseases should be proud of, and not ashamed of, their inflammatory arthritis hands.

“When I first came up with the idea for this collage, I thought it would include, at most, one or two hundred photos. I’m so excited to see that the collage has expanded to more than a thousand photos in such a short period of time,” says Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy, creator and one of the founding directors of Show Us Your Hands! “I can’t wait to see how much more our proud community of hands will continue to grow into the future!”

Autoimmune diseases occur when a body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. In the case of inflammatory arthritis a person’s joints are frequently attacked, resulting in chronic pain and debilitating inflammation. The most common inflammatory arthritis diseases are Ankylosing Spondylitis, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Mixed Connective Tissue Disease, Psoriatic Arthritis, Reactive Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Still’s Disease, and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.

Show Us Your Hands! is an international awareness movement which serves to unite and inspire the inflammatory arthritis community. For more information, please visit www.showusyourhands.org. Show Us Your Hands! can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

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Show Us Your Hands! Launches Photo Book Project To Help Raise Awareness Of Inflammatory Arthritis

(February 14, 2012) – Show Us Your Hands! is pleased to announce its Photo Book Project, the latest in a series of successful initiatives aimed at uniting the community of individuals who are living with inflammatory arthritis, and increasing the public’s awareness of this group of diseases. This photo book will showcase both the hands and the stories of people from around the world who are proud of the fact that no matter how much pain and damage their hands have incurred, their hands still work, and their hands still do.

Starting today, Show Us Your Hands! invites individuals who wish to be included in this photo book to submit a brief explanation of what their hands do, and why their hands are special. A Call For Submissions form is available online at showusyourhands.com/photo-book-project. The deadline for entries is March 2, 2012. Individuals who are selected for inclusion in this photo book will be notified in mid-March.

The Show Us Your Hands! Photo Book Project will be released as part of Arthritis Awareness Month this coming May. The photo books will be bookstore quality, with top-notch binding, gorgeous paper, and professional printing. They will be available for purchase in more than 70 countries, and all of the net proceeds from the sale of these items will go towards the costs and expenses associated with current and future community projects by Show Us Your Hands! “By showing the world what our hands can do, these books will become portable ambassadors for increased awareness. We look forward to meeting the people behind the photos,” says founding member Lene Andersen.

Autoimmune diseases occur when a body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. In the case of inflammatory arthritis a person’s joints are frequently attacked, resulting in chronic pain and debilitating inflammation. The most common inflammatory arthritis diseases are Ankylosing Spondylitis, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Mixed Connective Tissue Disease, Psoriatic Arthritis, Reactive Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Still’s Disease, and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.

Show Us Your Hands! is an international awareness movement which serves to unite and inspire the inflammatory arthritis community. For more information, please visit www.showusyourhands.com. Show Us Your Hands! can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

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Walk With Me Daddy! A Children’s Book Project About RA

Walk With Me Daddy!
By Jennifer Francisco

“I have recently written a book called “Walk with me daddy” The book is a true story based on a little boy and his dad and how they spend a day together. The little boy knows that his dad is different because he knows his dad is sick, but the little boy still loves his dad and cherishes the moments they do spend together even if it is a walk in the park.

His dad has a disease called Rheumatoid Arthritis. Rheumatoid or RA, is a disease that has no cure at this time but with with every book that is purchased part of the proceeds will go to help a family with Arthritis. RA, is a chronic form of inflammatory arthritis, it is also an autoimmune disease. Doctors are unable to understand at this time why a patients immune systems mistakenly attacks their own body tissue, causing painful swelling and fatigue. In some cases even bone erosion.

RA, is often thought of as an elderly disease but studies have proved it effects younger people, men and women between the ages of 30-50. Studies have also proved that it is now affecting over 298,000 children a year.”

More Info: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/726092471/walk-with-me-daddy

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Rheumatoid Twenty Something: Why Social Media Is Essential For Support!

“The importance of social media is often forgotten and under appreciated in my own personal opinion. Just think about it, it allows people around the globe to talk and interactive with each other like never before. It’s truly one of the wonders of the world wide web. But it’s even more essential in the support of those with chronic illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis. After all, anyone who suffers with a painful chronic condition know how lonely they can be. Your family and friends might be the most supportive people you know, but they still don’t truly understand what it’s like to live on a daily basis with agonizing pain and so much more. This is where the collective support of social media sites is essential.”

Read More: http://rheumatoid20something.blogspot.com/2012/02/why-social-media-is-essential-for.html

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