13 August 2012

Rheumatoid Arthritis changed my life

Diagnosed in 1992 with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Debbie Borshoff took a philosophical approach to her new condition. For the first 8 years she simply took her medication and carried on with her life. However, a severe flare leaving Debbie struggling to lie down and sleep at night forced her to take charge of her arthritis.

“I didn’t know what was happening (at the time) and I was forced to find out about my disease.  I read about the Challenge Your Arthritis Course for people with arthritis in the Arthritis Today magazine and dragged myself along to a course”.

The course brought Debbie sheer relief and a revelation by meeting others with similar issues and learning new skills and strategies to better cope with daily life.

Subsequently Debbie trained to become a course leader. “I had been planning to do some volunteer work somewhere when all this happened.  It has been one of the best decisions I ever made.  Each time I run a course it helps me, gives me contact with lots of nice people and I feel in some small way I am helping other people to cope with their problems”.
Debbie encourages others who may have participated in one of these courses and who understand the benefits to consider taking the next step and become a trained course leader.
Debbie also takes time to speak to University medical students about the struggles of rheumatoid arthritis. While also lending her hands to assist students in learning how to do examinations, she admits “it is the best excuse to get 25 young men to hold my hand.”
With a desire to become more involved, Debbie has recently joined the board of the Arthritis & Osteoporosis Foundation.

We, at Arthritis & Osteoporosis WA, thank her for all her donated time and wisdom shared.

04 August 2012

Entries close - judging begins

A big thank you to all who supported and entered the Fremantle Portrait Prize 2012. When entries closed midnight last Wednesday we'd received a total of 696 entries from around the world. This was an awesome result! Thanks to the the committee for their belief, talent, hard work and sense of humour!

The images were judged at UWA Extension on Friday and the short list of 60 images determined. Some

 of those 60 images are gong to blow your socks off! Thanks to the judges - (L-R) Andy Tyndall (WA Newspapers), Lyn Whitfield-King (Grand Master Photographer AIPP) and Robert Cook (WA Art Gallery). Special thanks to reserve judge Roger Garwood! (Photo Lawrie Beilin)

Exhibition Moores Building Fremantle (6-21 October).