All kinds of arthritis can strike just about anybody
They’re an unlikely pair, but new Mt Albert MP David Shearer and Pt Chevalier’s Loren Cassidy share a common bond.
They both know the pain arthritis can cause and will be helping to raise money for Arthritis New Zealand during its annual appeal, which starts on Friday and runs until October 3.
Mr Shearer, who is planning to hit the streets on Friday with a collection bucket, developed a form of arthritis known as still’s disease at a young age, while Loren suffers from systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis.
The two conditions are similar, with patients subjected to joint pain, fever and a rash among the symptoms, while Loren’s immune system is also weaker because of the disease.
After spending a month in hospital because of the condition in the 1960s, David says his parents pulled him out because he was getting depressed.
“They didn’t have any drugs. All I was on was Disprin and iron tablets. “I went home and mum fed me up and I exercised all the time and swam. Eventually I started getting better.”
Worthy cause: Arthritis sufferers Loren Cassidy and David Shearer are set to help out with fundraising during Arthritis New Zealand’s annual appeal starting on Friday.