RA Awareness Week 2019

 Rheumatoid Arthritis - #AnyoneAnyAge - NRAS

This is the 6th year of the biggest awareness campaign for rheumatoid arthritis (RA)! RA Awareness Week 2019 will take place from 17-23 June this year and the theme is #AnyoneAnyAge

We want to challenge those misconceptions of ‘arthritis’ being a condition of the elderly or associated with ageing. With your help we can highlight to the nation that RHEUMATOID arthritis is an ‘equal opportunity’ disease…showing no age or race discrimination!

It’s the ‘auto-immunity’ element of rheumatoid arthritis as well as other inflammatory forms of arthritis that distinguishes the conditions from the most common form of arthritis – osteoarthritis which is more associated with ‘wear and tear’ and ageing.

It is this reason why we are focusing more this year on RA being an auto-immune disease that can strike at any age.

Auto-immunity means a misdirected immune response that occurs when the immune system goes awry and attacks the body itself. Autoimmunity is present to some extent in everyone and is usually harmless. However, autoimmunity can cause a broad range of human illnesses, known collectively as autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis.

The best way to raise awareness of RA is by sharing your stories of living with RA- have you had the experience of someone saying to you “you’re too young to have arthritis!” ….as if you’re mistaken or it was your choice! How did you react?  Have you had issues in the workplace because you “don’t look ill”…what was the outcome? Sharing these real-life stories of living with RA is the best way to challenge misconceptions. Can you share your story with us? If so contact media@nras.org.uk.

We’d also like to hear from friends, family, employers, teachers, colleagues and health professionals – have you a story to tell about someone with RA?

RAAW 2019 is going to be more than just sharing stories though, we want as many people as possible to have as much fun as possible while raising funds for NRAS. Whatever you want to do with a group of friends or at your place of work or in your sports club or school WILL make a difference. So let’s together put the FUN into FUNdraising while RAising Awareness in RA Awareness Week.

Watch this space to find out more information. Coming soon!

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