Rheumatoid arthritis affects two to three women for every man. Why women get RA and other forms of arthritis more than men is one of the tasks that Canada's Arthritis and Autoimmune Research Centre has set for itself.
In my 20s, I was living life to the fullest, when one night I woke up with unbearable pain that left me unable to even move my legs. I was referred to a rheumatologist and diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). At 25, I thought this meant my life was over. Most of all, I was terrified that I would have to give up doing the one thing I loved the most: cooking.