Being an Arthritis Ambassador for the Arthritis Foundation is one of the most rewarding experiences that I have had as a result of my illness. I have learned how to translate my personal medical concerns into legislative goals, and it is empowering to be able to take action against the injustices I see in the healthcare system. The Arthritis Foundation provides Ambassadors with monthly assignments and local opportunities to be involved. Additionally, being an Arthritis Ambassador has connected me to wonderful people throughout my community dealing with similar health problems. Everywhere I go, I am able to meet people whose hair also falls out at alarming rates and who feel intimidated by the thought of walking a mile on a flare day. We exchange stories and ideas, laughing over the number of rheumatologists we have scared away with our complex medical cases and unashamedly inquiring about the random side effects we are experiencing.
If you are interested in getting involved or learning about the Ambassador Program, click here to be directed to the Arthritis Foundation site that will help you take the first steps. It is well worth your time and energy, and that is saying a lot, since most of us do not have a ton of either of those.