World Arthritis Day 2016 – The Future In Your Hands Campaign

World Arthritis Day 2016
World Arthritis Day 2016

The future is in your hands! Share your personal story about living with a rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease (RMD). Tell the world how you have taken action to:

  • Live your life to the fullest (if you have a RMD)
  • Support people with RMDs (carers, healthcare professionals and the wider public)

Share a #WADStory with these 4 steps:
1.        Step 1
Write your personal RMD story. This is completely personal to you and could be:

  • About overcoming a hurdle of having an RMD
  • How you support someone who has an RMD
  • A hobby you still enjoy despite having an RMD
  • Continuing or adapting a relationship, career or education with an RMD

2.        Step 2
Show us that the future is in your hands! Take a photo or Instagram video that includes your hands, helping to tell your personal story. You can also use an existing photo or video, if you have one

3.        Step 3
Upload your story (please see an example below) alongside a photo or Instagram video to our gallery. Then share your story on social media using #WADStory

4.        Step 4
Share the montage video on 12 October. The montage video will feature on our website and social media channels, so please share it and encourage others to view it!


Understanding and Lupus – Vision 2043 and World Arthritis Day #worldarthritisday

World Arthritis Day
World Arthritis Day
As promised in our last post on World Arthritis Day here are the results of the Vision 2043 competition.

For this competition people what one thing would make their lives with a rheumatic or musculoskeletal disease easier.

And today sees the winners announced.

The EU winning vision for 2043 is ‘Understanding’ which explains that for Argyri Stara “What has made living with an RMD easier? When I was being given my first blood transfusion the stabbing pain penetrated my heart so violently that I covered my face with the pillow to hide the tears, and just when I thought I was about to faint, I felt someone remove the needle and put it in the other arm. My mom had brought in the nurse. When, for the first time, I needed to give myself injections and thought I could not do it, my sister said she would drive over and do it although she had never done anything like it before. Just hearing that gave me the courage to give myself the first shot. When I was terrified that I might need a kidney transplant, my husband selflessly offered his. It’s excruciatingly difficult living with a severe form of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and its unexpected twists. Love, UNDERSTANDING and the support of my family have given me the strength to live with it.”

Argyri Stara is from Greece and has had arthritis for 14 years.

Help us raise awareness of arthritis and rheumatic or musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) by sharing them with your friends on social media using the hashtag #worldarthritisday.