Join Me Ann Drake and team “Queen Ann and the Royal Jester’s” for the Jingle Bell Run 2018

Get in the spirit this holiday season! Join my team “Queen Ann and the Royal Jester’s” , tie bells to your shoes, dress in a festive costume and raise funds to help cure arthritis. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of more than 50 million Americans, including 300,000 children, who face the daily challenges of the nation’s #1 cause of disability.

My family has a history of Junior RA and I thought once I hit my 20’s I was home free. Little did I know that age 28 I would begin to experience debilitating pain that took 3 years to diagnose as Rheumatoid Arthritis. Every area of your life is affected by this disease, absolutely nothing is left untouched.

on the outside people see the normal you because we usually resolve to live life no matter what it takes. The pain, fatigue and brain fog are exhausting. RA Disease is not something that someone can look at and say “oh I see that you have this” most people tend to say oh I have arthritis too. RA is different than the arthritis that comes with the aging process; not that the arthritis of aging isn’t painful but RA is more than the pain. RA causes our bodies to attack our immune system and the organs in our bodies are perceived to be enemies and attacked causing early heart disease concerns, liver and kidney function issues and much more.
The medications that help with the disease come with side effects that are scary to say the least but sometimes its a choice to function and move while you can vs. abstaining from medication for treatment.

I want to support finding what causes this disease in the first place and finding a plan to prevent it in the future for my children and grandchildren to be free from it.