World Arthritis Day, or WAD as it’s often called, rolls around every 12th October. It started back in 1996, thanks to the folks at Arthritis and Rheumatism International. The mission here is to get the word out about rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases – a whole bunch of conditions, more than 200 actually, that a lot of people don’t know much about. These diseases can be tough to live with, but they often don’t get the attention they deserve.
Becoming an active participant in the conversation helps to do more than just spread awareness. It brings people together. It’s a chance to show some love and empathy to those dealing with these invisible illnesses. By acknowledging it, you can help foster a community that’s kinder and more inclusive – so no one feels like they’re going through it alone.