Some may ask, “why?” or “why bother?” Here’s our answer to THAT…
When I started getting sick it was like my life just fell apart. I couldn’t do anything I was used to doing and although I can do a lot more now that I am taking “steps” and medications to help, I still can’t shake the feeling that I am “less”-able. I refuse to let that make me “not”-able.
Don’t let anyone tell you that just because you have a chronic degenerative autoimmune disease that may cause disability that you are not ABLE! Your able just might look a little different. Here I am at the 2011 Arthritis Walk in Denver with my dog Ella! We’re getting moving – we know you can too!
Take a stand & make a move – Even, if it is the steps you usually take.
Please – go to the “bother” because it shows us we can take some amount of control back from a nasty disease called Ankylosing Spondylitis – Let’s kick A.S. in the behind and Walk our A.S. Off!
This is a grassroots, community based effort. You don’t need to register (meaning I don’t need your name or email or blah, blah, blah.) You don’t need to pay a registration fee – many of these walks are $35 – just to participate! Phewy on that! And, there is NO PRESSURE! You do what you can. We can come together as a community just because. Let’s do a good thing – a very positive, claim your power over A.S., kind of thing that raises awareness in the process!!!
It feels really, REALLY good when you claim your power over A.S.
So if you haven’t signed up yet – please consider adding your steps to the collective total. You won’t regret it – I promise! And – get your family and friends backing you up & joining in! Walking a half hour a day is good for all of us.
Here are some materials to download & print to share our walk.
Information Sheet to print, email, or tack to a bulletin board. DOWNLOAD HERE in pdf!
Step Log – Individual (in Excel) DOWNLOAD HERE
Step Log – Individual (printout) DOWNLOAD HERE
Step Log – Team Captain (in Excel) DOWNLOAD HERE
Step Log – Team Captain (printout) DOWNLOAD HERE