A patient’s perspectives on OA, Trish Silvester-Lee

A patient’s perspectives on OA, Trish Silvester-Lee


I thought I was gonna be in my 50s or
60s or older getting arthritis I was pregnant with Jackson my son in my
mid-thirties and that’s when all the symptoms really
manifested it was the joint stiffness the swelling the immobility and then the
pain the pain got worse and worse all through my whole life I’ve always played
sports high-end badminton and skiing were my main sports but I also played
competitive field hockey and also softball fast pitch I think if you look
back 30 35 years ago what people thought about osteoarthritis they didn’t know a
lot and they didn’t talk about it or treat it well
whereas what nowadays they think it’s very important to get on top of it I
think in the last five or ten years it’s been hard because I had a young son I
wasn’t able to run around with him do activities with them away is one
that’s kind of misunderstood a lot of people think it’s a older person’s
disease it’s the wear and tear but there’s a lot more to it than just a few
aches and pains a lot of times my GPS would just say oh it’s just a little bit
of pain you’re gonna learn to live with it
well I don’t like learning to live with it I think there are things we can do to
prevent someone’s life going down the same path I would
I enjoy working with the patient group and lots of different dynamic people
that have different types of arthritis the long-term outcome of arthritis is
looking better because of the research or finding new ways of earlier diagnosis
I think the research is what helps me know that there’s hope out there there’s
something still out there to be discovered there’s going to be something
else out there that is going to be improved it’s going to be better I still
have my goals I still have my dreams I’m still gonna go do things and I’m
focusing on what I can do I know know that there’s some hope out there

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