A few years ago, I learned about the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) event called “Advocates for Arthritis”. The ACR ask people from all over the US who live with arthritis to apply to attend the event held in Washington DC. It is an “annual event that brings together rheumatology professionals and patients to advocate on behalf of the rheumatology community.” (- See more at: http://www.rheumatology.org/Advocacy/Advocates-for-Arthritis#sthash.GUjKOaFl.dpuf). We attend trainings on issues affecting doctors and patients within the rheumatology community then meet with our representatives in both congress and the senate to let our voices be heard.
I was honored to be a part of this event in 2013. I had told my best friend’s son about it. He was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis a few years ago and is interested in becoming a rheumatologist. He told me he was interested in attending some time, so this year, we applied and were both accepted. I will represent the state of Pennsylvania and he will represent New Jersey. I’m so excited to have him learn about advocacy and to share this experience with him!
I will keep the blog updated daily. Wish me luck! #AdvocatesforArthritis