Wow! Can't believe it's been almost a full year since I last posted an update to this page. I am so sorry for those that have followed this page that we haven't kept it up. Ok, to be honest we were never really great at being consistent with updating but we also never left the page alone for a year either. Well hopefully we can do better this year.
Speaking of year, not only is it a new year - Welcome 2022 - It is also year number 10 for Mackenzie and her battle with the disease and year number 10 of our relationship with the Arthritis Foundation.
In some ways it's not a milestone we would really celebrate. I mean after all, who really celebrates 10 years of chronic pain, countless doctor visits, weekly and bi-weekly injections, daily oral medications and steroids, wheelchairs and missed activities and events, weakened immune systems, routine physical and occupational therapy and so much more. Not anyone I know.
What we do celebrate is our relationship with the Arthritis Foundation. Through the Arthritis Foundation we have found a community of caring and supportive people that we consider our family. We have met doctors, therapists, researchers, supporters and more that have helped us better understand this disease and have helped support and guide us as we have lived through the ups and downs of life with arthritis. It has given us hope that one day we may have a cure!
No one can truly understand what it's like to have arthritis unless they themselves have it or have lived with it. It is an invisible monster that robs people of their ability to do normal, daily tasks. It robs children of their childhood. It means suffering with pain that those around you just can't see but you battle through because you really have no other choice. It means getting up each day and putting a smile on your face whether you really feel it or not. It means being a Warrior and fighting back against the pain and hoping that one day there will be a cure!
You can help us get closer to that cure! We have lots of opportunities coming up this year that you can help support us in whether financially, physically in person, or a combination of both. There are even opportunities to help us advocate for better funding, resources, healthcare, and more. There are always lots of opportunties for you to help support and uplift Mackenzie and her battle with this disease and her dream for a cure!
Right now you can help by either joining us at this year's Walk to Cure Arthritis in Charlotte, NC in person on Saturday, April 23 at Truist Field or with a donation in her honor on her Walk to Cure page.
Register to Walk with us at this year's Walk to Cure Arthritis and join Mackenzie as she continues to fundraise and create awareness for this invisible disease. Join us at Truist Field in Charlotte on April 23 and Rock the Walk with us: Join Mackenzie's Sidekicks
Then stay tuned for more exciting opportunities coming soon including a March Madness Bracket Challenge and more info on the 2022 Walk to Cure Arthritis!
Thank you Everyone for your continued support of Mackenzie through all of the ups and downs, information overloads and information lapses, good days and bad, no matter what. You will never truly know the full impact your love and support have on her and our familly!