Personal stories

  • Kevin

    Newcastle upon Tyne

    Kevin talks about being diagnosed with arthritis whilst on a sailing trip, and about how he has adapted his way of life in order to help his own health as well as others with arthritis.

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  • Steven


    Steven was diagnosed with arthritis at 15 years old. He talks about finding Arthritis Care and his experience of starting a support group in his area.

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  • Joanna


    Arthritis is an overlooked and understimated condition. For Wake up to Arthritis we are sharing real stories of people living with arthritis in order to show others with the condition that they are not alone. Joanna shares her story

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  • Lorraine

    Juvenile idiopathic arthritis

    Lorraine was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis at the age of 13. 37 years later, she volunteers with an Arthritis Care support group she set up in Wales. She tells her story.

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  • Stephanie

    Systemic JIA

    Stephanie, 25, started working for Arthritis Care as a young people and families project co-ordinator in August 2015 after a long connection with the charity. She tells her story...

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  • Somerset

    Rheumatoid arthritis

    Somerset shares her story of bringing up two young children, while living with rheumatoid arthritis. Determined to live medication free, she now follows a strict plant-based diet to manage her arthritis.

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  • Helena and Amelie


    Helena’s daughter Amelie was diagnosed with polyarthritis when she was just four years old. She shares her story of the challenges Amelie has faced so far.

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  • Elaine


    Elaine, 83 is very active despite her arthritis and runs weekly chair based exercise classes. She strongly believes that the key to managing her arthritis is by keeping active and eating well.

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  • Sharon

    Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia

    Having been diagnosed with osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia in the last two years, Sharon has been motivated to help others with arthritis. Read Sharon's full story.

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  • Gillian

    Osteoarthritis, cervical spondylosis

    Gillian tells her story of of her life with arthritis. Having never previously experienced any pain, she quite suddenly experienced symptoms of osteoarthritis. Read her story:

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  • Gayle


    Gayle was diagnosed with osteoarthritis aged 18. Nearly 20 years later, she’s enjoying an active life and is a keen cyclist. She has lived with multiple fractures, a knee replacement in one leg and a tibia screw in the other.

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  • Stan


    After 14 years managing a pub, Stan was forced to take early retirement, due to osteoarthritis. He now works as a volunteer, helping others to manage their arthritis.

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