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Voice Of RA: The Mom
RA Guy on September 1st, 2009

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I am at the half-way point of my month-long visit with my son, RA Guy.

My husband and I live in a different continent than our son so the only methods of keeping in touch with him are through phone calls and/or emails.  Although, I must say that since he moved here about 7 years ago we’ve been fortunate in that we’ve managed to see one another on numerous occasions during each passing year – he’s either visited us at our home in Texas or we’ve met in the San Francisco area, we were together at our daughter’s wedding in Missouri, we visited him here a few years ago, and once we even met up in Paris, France for a vacation.  I was so glad when he started his blog because it offered me a way of daily keeping informed of his rheumatoid arthritis.

This summer the day-to-day postings of my son detailed the chronic, daily RA problems he was experiencing and my heart ached for him.  This had been occurring since November – it had been months.  I cried as I read his postings that detailed his worst flares.

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I’m re-posting this in honor of my parents, who are on the last day of their six-week visit. It’s been great having them here during the recent holidays!

NYTimes Well Blog: Ankles Gain As Candidates For Joint Replacement

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Ankle ReplacementThe bodies of many older Americans are practically bionic: more than 770,000 hip and knee replacements are performed each year in the United States.

Now another aging joint is fast becoming a candidate for replacement. This year, 4,400 patients are expected to undergo surgery to replace arthritic or injured ankles with artificial joints made of metal alloys and lightweight plastic, according to industry estimates.

Four models are commonly used in the United States, with Food and Drug Administration approval. And demand is expected to grow as more and more baby boomers hobble into their 60s and 70s with debilitating ankle pain.

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Patrick’s Cross-Country RUN for Arthritis

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PatrickMcGladePatrick McGlade is running Across the Country (CA to GA) to raise money for the Arthritis Foundation. This run is taking place from January through April 2010.

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“I plan on running a marathon a day for approximately four months to raise awareness and $50,000 for the Arthritis Foundation. My ultimate cross-country run is over 2,500 miles long, from the Pacific Ocean along a southern route, to the Tybee Island coast in Georgia on the Atlantic Ocean.

I want to increase awareness about living a physically fit life, especially for kids today. I hope to inspire kids along my route, as I’m sure they will inspire me to keep going, especially the children who are affected by arthritis. Too many young people will never know what running is like because of their arthritis. I also hope to increase awareness about arthritis the disease – it’s not an “old person’s disease” as most think; it affects young and old alike. As I run across America, I will be reminded daily of the 300,000 kids living with arthritis.

My hope is to run a marathon a day for four months, so that kids everywhere can get up and start moving. Whatever we can do for the kids today will improve the outlook for future generations.”

– Patrick McGlade

Well Wishes

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RA Guy SmilePlease join me in sending well wishes to our friend, Rob Moore!

Tomorrow – Monday – Rob will be undergoing a Rituxan infusion, which will require an overnight stay at the hospital due to a previous allergy. We wish you the best, Rob, and we hope that this Rituxan infusion will provide some much-needed relief for your rheumatoid arthritis.

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