Personal stories

  • Bev

    Still's disease

    Bev talks about her experience of living with arthritis and what's still left to do on her bucket list.

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  • Collette

    Juvenile idiopathic arthritis

    Collette was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis when she was 3 and talks about how it has changed her life and how she would like to see more awareness of the condition.

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  • Rowena

    Ankylosing spondylitis

    Now 37, Rowena started getting stiffness in her back in her teens. But she was generally fit and active, doing photography and helping out at horse shows. The stiffness got steadily worse, and in the year before she was diagnosed, the pain was unbearable.

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  • Jacky

    Rheumatoid arthritis
    Chorley, Lancashire

    Jacky, now in her fifties, was 32 when she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. With three children, she felt very alone. She was introduced to our Champions mentoring programme which helped her look towards the future after her diagnosis.

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  • John

    Llanelli, Wales

    John, 66, was diagnosed with osteoarthritis. At its worst, John’s arthritis made him wary of leaving the house. John feels that he has benefited so much from Arthritis Care that he wanted to “put something back".

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  • Caitriona

    Juvenile arthritis

    Caitriona's diagnosis of juvenile arthritis came as a great shock making the thought of teenage life very daunting. Meeting other young people like herself at an Arthritis Care meant she no longer felt alone and gave her the chance to speak out.

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  • Dolly


    Dolly was diagnosed with osteoarthritis at 19. She now uses her experience to help others in a similar position to live well with their arthritis.

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  • Rachel

    JIA - Psoriatic arthritis and hypermobility

    Rachel shares her experience of going on a Joint Creativity session and meeting other young people volunteers who have arthritis.

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  • Gillian

    Rheumatoid arthritis

    Gill Meens is Arthritis Care’s Interim Manager of Young People and Families Services in Scotland. Gill brings a unique perspective to her work because she has rheumatoid arthritis, she started experiencing pain and stiffness when she was 18.

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  • Jay

    Ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, and previously juvenile idiopathic arthritis

    Jay found comfort in art during the early years of living with arthritis. Jay is now a volunteer and one of the brains behind Joint Creativity, a new initiative that helps 10 to 16 year olds explore what arthritis mean to them through art.

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  • Rob

    Psoriatic arthritis

    Rob's determination and love of sport has been crucial to his recovery with psoriatic arthritis. He knows how hard it is which is why he believes Arthritis Care is important. People need someone to turn to for information and support.

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  • Beth

    Rheumatoid arthritis

    Beth is a 33 year old mother with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Find out more about her story by watching this video:

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