Hold On Tight! TO LIFE

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					Hold On Tight! TO LIFE
Mary Jo Harrod
Today's Woman; Nov 2009; 19, 11; Docstoc
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Description: "When I was 33, I had just finished playing the season on a tennis league and was not feeling well," explains Kim Kennell. "All my life I had been healthy and active, but suddenly I coudn't hold a toothbrush, coud barely walk, had bad cramps and blacked out, hitting my head on a door.""You have to have a desire to beat arthritis," says Kim, who exercises three times a week for an hour each time. "The more you exercise, the less it hurts. My pain level has lowered dramatically. I do Tai Chi and aquatics. I have found that, for me, it is better to exercise than take medications since they have a lot of side effects. In my case, there was no definite way to know that the medications would stop the progression of the disease. My doctors say am an enigma, and they are not happy that I am not taking an anti-inflammatory, but am not willing to sacrifice any more of my quality of life. The doctors are happy with my progress, though, can't stand that there is not a cure for arthritis."Linda Ciresi, aquatics instructor, has been a master trainer of all Arthritis Foundation-approved exercise classes for the area since 2004. Though she does not have arthritis, Linda decided to become active in teaching exercises for the foundation because her father had acute rheumatoid arthritis from the time he was 30 years old. Her younger brother has the disease, and her sister developed it after the birth of her baby. Arthritis can go into remission, which is what has happened with Linda's sister.
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