Because in 50 years, research has made significant strides that deserve celebrating.
We discovered our immune system’s role in causing arthritis, sparking the development of life-changing anti-inflammatory drugs.
Advancements in imaging technology such as MRI and CT scans mean early diagnosis and monitoring now often eliminates long-term damage that was once commonplace.
And a new understanding of the role genetics play in some forms of arthritis has opened the door to personalised treatment approaches that once were only dreamt about.
But despite these wins, arthritis continues to be a chronic condition affecting 1 in 7 Western Australians.
There is no cure. And I’m sure, like me, you don’t wait another 50 years to find one.
Because while arthritis doesn’t kill you…it can sure take your life away.