World Arthritis Day

Today is #WorldArthritisDay. It’s inspiring to see so many stories and photos of people of all ages, around the world who are persevering to overcome challenges associated with arthritis. Since we started UnbuckleMe, I have learned more about arthritis and its impact: 1 in 5 adults has some form of arthritis, and it’s the leading cause of disability in America. Arthritis is often genetic, which is true for my family. My grandmother had arthritis in her hands, which limited her ability to play piano, which she loved. My mom now has it in her thumbs, which prevents her from pursuing active hobbies like tennis and golf. My mom spent her career as an Occupational Therapist, molding and shaping thermoplastic material to make splints for patients. It’s highly possible (and perhaps ironic) that her profession of helping others exacerbated her own arthritis in her hands. In any case, if the genetic streak continues, arthritis could be something that touches me at some point too. But for now, I am grateful for health, and glad to help advocate for those touched by arthritis. To learn more, visit: http://worldarthritisday.org.