File this one under insensitive lazy journalism.
Nineteen million Americans, (including me), suffer from arthritis, including Jane Fonda’s type, osteoarthritis, a degenerative disease that can lead us to the altar of knee and hip replacement decades before we want it in order to walk across a room pain-free. Due to an osteoarthritis flare-up in my left hip, I’ve been unable to exercise since January (and I am far from Fonda’s age of 72), due to the pain, swelling and lack of mobility from this incurable disease.
Making fun of cripples? Nice work if you can get it!
Deborah Solomon, who clearly thought she was being funny in her New York Times Magazine interview this past weekend:
This interview is for our special Wellness issue, by the way.
I like that word, because, look, I’m fit and healthy. Do I hurt all over? You betcha. I have a new hip; I have a new knee. I had the knee done in June, and I had my hip done three years ago.
You sound like a wreck!
I’m 72. And when you have osteoarthritis, that happens.
Do you think exercise damaged your joints?
Oh, no, absolutely not. I have genetic osteoarthritis. My brother has it; my father had it. It’s genetic. The pain doesn’t define me.
What if we all wind up with titanium joints because we exercised too much?
No, some people can run and do impactful things until they are into their 80s, but I have this problem.
From the CDC website, easily found with a quick click of the mouse, where Solomon might have found…hmmm…a few facts and maybe even ginned up a little empathy:
Arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the United States, limiting the activities of nearly 19 million adults. The CDC Arthritis Program is working to improve the quality of life for people affected by arthritis and other rheumatic conditions by working with states and other partners to increase awareness about appropriate arthritis self management activities and expanding the reach of programs proven to improve the quality of life for people with arthritis.