Yesterday I shared some information about Rheumatoid Arthritis, a disease that not only attacks the joints but in many cases the organs. This disease over time can greatly limit a person from many activities such as walking.
My mom suffers from this disease. Recently she discovered her medicine has reached it’s limit, and to give her a better life of doing something we don’t think about, walking, it would take a knee and hip replacement. However, after visiting the specialist she found out her knee and hip is fine, and the cause of her limited walking could be from nerves or inflammation in her spine. So once again she will be seeing another specialist in hopes and prayers of finding a solution.
In my last post I shared how her RA limits her from hiking. In a recent response to my post my mom said; “Thank you. I would love to be out there hiking these trails and seeing the views but I greatly enjoy and appreciate the pictures.” When I hike I take a lot of pictures and post them on our Facebook page. My main reason is so my mom can see where I go and get a chance to see some of the amazing views. Over time as Hike by Faith has grown, our readers, like you, who follow us on Facebook have come to appreciate the pictures I take as well and you have shared your adventures.
I also shared in my post a project I’m working on related to Rheumatoid Arthritis. While it’s not complete and I am still working on more details I wanted to take a moment to share with you a part of it.
Starting tomorrow I will be hiking 5 days a week, a minimum of 5 miles each day. My goal is to hike 500 miles by the end of August. Why? To raise awareness about Rheumatoid Arthritis, my own health benefits, and for my mom.
Guess what: hiking is a great form of exercise for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) that may be possible for anyone at any fitness and ability level. As we know, it is important to keep moving when you have RA, and hiking is a great way to stay active. If you suffer from RA I recommend hitting a trail some where to stay active as well as the many other benefits of hiking.
But for patients like my mom who can’t hike…well, I’m going to hike for her. Every mile I hike will be for her and every other RA suffer who is limited in a simple activity as walking.
Each day I hike I will track my mileage using an app on my phone, take pictures and will post it all to our Facebook page. You can follow along in my progress as well as see where I am hiking.
In my next article I’ll share how you can help as I Hike to Cure Arthritis and as I Hike For Mom.
Here’s to the next 5 miles Mom! Here’s to reaching 500!