By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired. – Franz Kafka
I’ve been thinking a lot about our walk & how we can share what we are doing with the world & in the process raise awareness of spondylitis. I need to share with you all what I believe so hopefully you can understand better why everyone participating is doing something really really important. AND by understanding a little bit more about why our walk was created, we can see we have these beliefs in common with so many people who are helping us with our mission and for people we may still get to join us.
I believe we have a huge opportunity with our walk because we are doing something extremely unique. We are raising awareness WHILE we are doing something good for ourselves – not for a day or two – but for two months! Our walk educates, changes thinking, and challenges the status-quo.
I believe that we can be healthy at the same time we live with a chronic disease. The two do not need to be mutually exclusive.
I believe we can live good and productive lives despite the challenges we face physically from a life with autoimmune arthritis.
I believe that the more people who know about A.S. the better chance we have of seeing a cure for it in our lifetime.
I believe people should not have to live a life of pain & disease. We need a cure!
I believe in the power of the patient!
I believe that when people take control and actively advocate as a community, the change is exponential and powerful.
I believe in the strength of a community of amazing advocates and voices for change.
I believe we can change the way the world views people with a chronic illness.
I believe people with Ankylosing Spondylitis or any of the family of related diseases can greatly improve how they feel by walking & exercising.
I believe in you – everyday I believe you are making this happen. Our success will be because of you.
If you believe these things too, please join us – help us step to the moon and show the world that it is true that a small group of people can change the world! Let’s shoot for the moon, even if we miss, we land among the stars and we are each others stars!
Jenna Visscher – Walk Your A.S. Off