Keep Up The Great Work!

We are so proud of our Move it in May fundraisers. We are overwhelmed by the support Move it in May has received from our community and we wish to acknowledge the inspirational stories we have heard about the challenges undertaken and milestones achieved.

Meet Andie:

Andie is a truly inspiring person who has refused to let arthritis hold her back from doing what she loves.

Andie has lived with rheumatoid arthritis since she was just nine years old.

"I cant really remember life without arthritis, or 'Arthur' as I call him."

But she has never let it shake her positive outlook. A self-described rock-chick and gypsy, Andie decided that Move it in May was the perfect opportunity for her to get involved with a cause she is passionate about.

Andie is already and active member of the Arthritis Queensland community. She's even one of the original member of the Swell Gals Facebook support group.

Andie credits a healthy lifestyle and a strong support network as her secret to living well with arthritis.

"I'm one of the lucky ones who can get out and about, i'm happy to challenge myself to move a tad more in May and raise money for and awareness of a good cause at the same time."

And she has set herself a big challenge. This May Andie has committed to walking at every lunch break at work, walking 7km from work to home one a week, plus she's getting off the bus a stop early a few days a week too. On top of all this, she's also doing Pilates every Saturday!

She's already raised and incredible $530 and smashed her original fundraising goal.

"My hope is that in the near future no one, especially not little kids, has to live with the pain and debilitation of arthritis."

You can check out more of Andie's story at her blog: andieandarthur.com

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Meet Lindsey:
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Lindsey loves to dance! So she has committed to dancing for 30 minutes every day during Move it in May.

For Lindsey, her challenge isn't just about moving more - it's also about making the most of every day, because she refuses to let her arthritis hold her back.

" From the outside you can’t see that I live with arthritis, I look just like any other 31-year-old. But everything changed when last year when I was diagnosed with SAPHO Syndrome, which is a rare form of psoriatic arthritis according to my rheumatologist. I’ve learnt the hard way that arthritis is an invisible illness… which can make it hard for others to understand what you’re going through.

"I think I appreciate life in general a lot more now. When I have a relatively painless day, I make the most of it and be the happiest I can be.”

Since her diagnosis Lindsey has focused on managing her wellbeing and keeping her body healthy so that she can chase her dreams and ambitions.

And right now, one of her big dreams is to raise $500 while enjoying the dancing that she loves so much. She's well on her way to reaching her target, and is determined to stick to her goal - even on the days when she doesn't feel like moving.

"The support I’ve received from Arthritis Queensland and the wider arthritis community has been extremely important in my journey so far. For me fundraising for Move it in May is a great way to give back.”