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September 18, 2011 at 9:09 pm 9 comments

Jingle Bell Run

In random awesomeness, Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books is running in the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell 5K Run on November 20, 2011, and is running in my honor!

SBTBLast night on Twitter, Sarah mentioned she was considering entering a 5K. I replied that while I’ve volunteered at the run, I’ve never been able to run, since I have arthritis. (More on that in a sec.) And, faster than you can say, “Wham, bam, thank you mam,” Sarah was registered for the run!

Then, came the most important part, the planning of the 5K wardrobe. Of course it had to have LOTS of jingle. Oh! And, the most fashionable of Menorah headwear.

When I was 14, I began to get mysterious pains in my legs. Over the next 4 years, I was diagnosed with pinched nerves, pulled muscles, and teenage-girl hysteria. (Seriously, I had 3 doctors stare me down and say nothing was wrong with me even though I KNEW my legs hurt.) However, when I was 18, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease—an auto-immune intestinal disease, that resulted in my seeing a rheumatologist. (Often, people with a Crohn’s will get a secondary form of arthritis during a flare-up.) Not only did I have Crohn’s related arthritis, I also had another, second form of arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis. (Yes, I seem to have hit the arthritis jackpot.)

Arthritis FoundationOne of the best support systems that I found in my 20s was a young adults with arthritis support group. We met regularly for advice, support, and socializing, and volunteered for arthritis-related events, including the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell run.

Over the years, I’ve had 7 surgeries (including a revision on my right hip-replacement this past February), braces, medications, and more scans, tests, and x-rays than you can shake a stick at. The Arthritis Foundation provides research grants, education for people with arthritis and their families, and exercise classes, as well as lots of other incredible programs. You can learn more about them, here.

I’m so touched that Sarah is not only participating in an event that will support the Arthritis Foundation’s efforts, but that she will also be doing it in my honor.

Please support Sarah’s effort in raising money for the Arthritis Foundation.

Run, Sarah, run!

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. orannia  |  September 19, 2011 at 2:30 am

    Renee – I can’t imagine what you go through on a day-to-day basis. *hugs*

    All the best Sarah!

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    • 2. Renee  |  September 19, 2011 at 7:45 pm

      Thanks, orannia! Really, it was hardest in my 20s.

      Of course, the support of my awesome friends always makes things better!

      Doesn’t Sarah rock? :-)

      Reply
  • 3. Marg  |  September 19, 2011 at 4:54 am

    How awesome that Sarah has been inspired to run in your honour. I can’t imagine living with that kind of pain on a regular basis.

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    • 4. Renee  |  September 19, 2011 at 7:47 pm

      It is awesome, isn’t it?

      There’s a lot to be said for making accommodations for and around both the Crohn’s and the arthritis. ;-)

      Reply
  • 5. SB Sarah Wendell (@SmartBitches)  |  September 19, 2011 at 9:12 am

    I will be making an abject goof of myself, but it will be WELL WORTH IT. Thank you for posting this and keep on kicking ass and taking names. I had no idea the levels of struggle you’d endured with arthritis, but I’m doubly-glad that I’m running in your honor.

    Any suggestions for the trainwreck of holidays costume are most welcome!

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    • 6. Renee  |  September 19, 2011 at 7:53 pm

      I love the sense of FUN you’re bringing to the whole thing, Sarah! I’ll be looking forward to the final fashion choices fo the day of the run.

      I try not to talk at length about my health issues, but this is such a worthy cause, and I’m happy to help personalize the issue.

      Thanks again for including me in your run. I’m really honored.

      Reply
  • 7. nath  |  September 19, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    This is really awesome of Sarah and awesome for you, Renee!! The best though is despite everything, you forge ahead and live! :) My hero Renee!!

    Reply
    • 8. Renee  |  September 19, 2011 at 7:54 pm

      Thanks, nath. “Keep moving forward”, and all that, right? ;-)

      ((nath))

      Reply
  • 9. Keishon  |  September 22, 2011 at 6:10 am

    This is really great news, Renee. Things like this continue to give me hope and inspiration about the strength and compassion of people in the world.

    Reply

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