It hurt to grip a steering wheel. Now Omaha woman with arthritis thrives as florist, will be honored at Jingle Jog – Omaha World-Herald

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Liz Crosson’s hands were so stiff and swollen that she could barely grip her car’s steering wheel. Meeting new people was painful because it required a handshake. Getting out of bed in the morning could be a struggle.

In her late 30s, the Omaha woman was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.

Now, 21 years later, Crosson still has some bad days from the disease, but they’re few and far between thanks to medications and regular exercise.

Crosson is one of more than 300,000 Nebraskans with arthritis. She will be one of three honorees at Saturday’s Jingle Bell Run hosted by the Arthritis Foundation.

Organizers expect between 250 and 300 people to take part in the fifth annual event held at the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum…

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