November 7, 2010

PSA: Rheumatoid Arthritis is Not "Arthritis"

Editor's Note: Why a public service announcement about rheumatoid arthritis (RA)? If you follow our Twitter stream, you already know Kelly Young (@RAWarrior) is a steady prayerful presence. What you might not know is she's also an articulate advocate for enhancing knowledge about RA and better treatment for those who have it. Here's what Kelly has to say about the Virtual Abbey:

Biblical community is captured in the word "fellowship." Christian fellowship includes walking alongside, offering words of encouragement or hands of support to those in need. Further, it's praying that God will uphold and encourage our sisters and brothers in Christ. The Virtual Abbey community enables people of prayer to fulfill these roles and for home-bound believers to participate in fellowship.

1 comment:

Philomena Ewing said...

Thanks for this. It is timely for me as I have rheumatoid arhritis and it really is a one of the most poorly understood illnesses, and yes, very often trivialised as the video suggests.
I have had this since the age of 40 and am now 55 and have had to take early retirement with a substantially reduced pension.( So much anxiety too )-some days I am fine but it is so unpredictable and overwhelming fatigue is a huge problem. I just want to crawl into a cave and sleep and soically it is really restrictive too. It all starts out Ok on an evening andd then there is the steep drop in energy and people just can't get it !
Thanks for the link to the community at Virtual Abbey - it will be good to make some connections there.