My name is Eileen Davidson, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at 29 and placed on Canada’s #1 cause of long term disability in working age adults. A single mother to her son Jacob, then just 2 at the time of her diagnosis, I realized mother’s can’t take sick days so I decided to fight my invisible enemy, arthritis. I decided if she was going to be the sick girl, she might as well kick ass at it.
In 2017 I became an ambassador for The Arthritis Society and curated blog Chronic Eileen to better educate others about the devastating effects arthritis has on the 1 in 5 Canadians living with the most prevalent health care condition. I was featured on Canadian morning show Breakfast Television to support the 2019 Walk for Arthritis, where served as a volunteer committee member and spoke at about my journey with arthritis. In 2018 I was featured as one of The Arthritis Society’s top volunteers.
Since September 2018 I sit on Arthritis Research Canada’s arthritis patient advisory board, North America’s largest arthritis research center. I have been active in ongoing research by some of the world renowned arthritis researchers and unique studies. I currently writes for the seasonal Arthritis Research Canada newsletter. Together with ARC I shares the mission is to transform the lives of people living with arthritis through research, engagement and creating a future where people living with arthritis are empowered to triumph over pain and disability.
My work has been published on almost all major health websites, Reader’s Digest, Inked Magazine, Chatelaine, Daily Mail UK and more. Healthline and Everyday Health have recognized my blog as one of the best arthritis blogs to follow. I am an active writer for Creaky Joints.
I run the largest Rheumatoid Arthritis Support page on facebook since 2017.