Arthritis Walk At Six Flags Magic Mountain

Arthritis Walk At Six Flags Magic Mountain

The Arthritis Walk at Six Flags Magic Mountain was a smashing success today! There was a HUGE turnout and the theme park was the perfect location.

Having the walk at an amusement park really made everything more festive. We did a short walk around the park, while a custom playlist of “walking” songs played: Walkin’ on Sunshine, Walk Like an Egyptian, I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), and more. I love that it was a short walk. It’s not about the 3 mile (or 1 mile) walk, it’s about the people and the money and awareness raised. The short walk gave us more time for bonding with other arthritis warriors and supporters.

My two supporters were my beau PJ and my good friend Holly. PJ was the tattoo artist at the Arthritis Foundation booth and hooked kids and adults up with a “Kids Get Arthritis, Too” tats. Holly has been to nearly every Arthritis Walk since I starting going to the walks back in 2001. The walk is an early call for a Sunday (9am), so yay to PJ and Holly for coming out!

Those that raised $150 dollars or more were given a free ticket to get into the park for the rest of the day. Sweet! A group of six of us (thanks for the coaxing, Jocelyn!) went into the park after devouring burgers and hot dogs from the walk BBQ. We rode a few rides, got a little sunburned, and then called it a day.

It was great seeing people in the park with their Arthritis Walk shirts and Hero hats on as we wandered around the park.

Special thanks goes out to my good friend Mike for coming with me to the New York Arthritis Walk in Battery Park last weekend while I was in town visiting. NYC started their walk at 10am, which was kinda nice, I gotta say. Sometimes those joints don’t get moving until after 9am. 🙂

I’m looking forward to the Irvine Walk in two weeks that I’ll be doing with my brother and mom.

If you haven’t done so already, sign up for an Arthritis Walk near you and raise money for a cure and awareness for this often invisible disease.

Let’s Move Together! Arthritis Walks Are Here!

Just wanted to send out a reminder that we are in the midst of Arthritis Walk season! I’m kicking off the season by attending the New York City walk in Battery Park on April 26. I’ll be visiting a friend there that weekend and couldn’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday morning in NYC. I’m excited to see how the NY chapter rolls. The following weekend I’ll be attending and volunteering at my hometown walk — the San Fernando Valley Arthritis Walk in Valencia, Calif. at Magic Mountain. Then, on May 17th, I’ll be attending the Irvine, Calif. walk with my mom and my brother, which I’m very much looking forward to. And that will conclude my 2009 Arthritis Walk tour. I’d like to attend the Los Angeles walk at Santa Monica beach, but I will likely be out of town that weekend. 🙁

What walk are you attending? Are you bringing friend?. Are you raising money? Are you walking for someone special to you? Share your walk stories in the comments and feel free to post a link to your donation page!

Check out the national walk site for information about walks around the U.S. Find a walk in your area and start a team!

I’ll leave you with the words of my arthritis friend Jenn’s husband: Why run, when you can walk?

Back From The Juvenile Arthritis Conference

JA Art GalleryThe Juvenile Arthritis Conference in Costa Mesa, CA was a great success! Met a lot of interesting people and saw some good sessions. Thirty-seven states and two countries (Canada & New Zealand) were represented! Some of highlights: meeting Amye Leong (author of Get a Grip: A Take-Charge Approach to Living with Arthritis), the discovery of Warm Whiskers, the Parenting & Arthritis session for Young Adults, the Art & Arthritis keynote… my list could go on and on! Lots of highlights! I’m waiting to receive a CD of all the presentations so that I can make sure I give you as much info as possible. Stay tuned for the juicy details.

The accompanying photo is a piece of artwork that one of the kids created over the weekend, and then was displayed along with many others in an “art gallery” last Saturday night. These kids all had a lot of artistic talent!

Btw, I am seriously considering going to Houston to attend the conference next year. Who’s with me? Attends JA Conference

JA ConferenceI’ll be attending the national JA (Juvenile Arthritis) conference from July 10th through July 13th in Costa Mesa, CA. In addition to the JA sessions for parents, they also have a Young Adult track, which I will be participating in. Energy-permitting, I hope to make a few blog posts over the course of those four days. I’ll definitely be sharing the information I gathered, in addition to my own thoughts upon my return. The two sessions that I am most looking forward to? Art & Rheumatic Disease, plus Pregnancy & Arthritis. Stay tuned, my friends!

If you are attending JA, please feel free to share your conference impressions in the comments.

JA Conference

The Difference Between Curing And Healing

Dr. Rachel Naomi RemenA recent podcast of NPR’s Speaking of Faith struck a chord with me. It features an interview with physician and author, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, who has lived with Crohn’s disease since she was 15 years old. I found the discussion in the podcast to be immensely inspiring, plus it gave me hope. How refreshing it was to learn how Dr. Remen’s experience with battling Crohn’s has actually shaped her as a doctor.

She developed a course called “The Healer’s Art,” which is now taught at universities around the U.S. Students learn that healing and curing are two different types of relationships, while being reminded “of their power to make a difference through their human response and connection to their patients.” Continue reading