Personal stories

  • Rebecca

    Rheumatoid arthritis
    UK

    Rebecca is 45 and was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 1992, when she was 23. Find out more about her story by watching this video

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  • Sharon

    Rheumatoid arthritis
    West Kilbride, Scotland

    Sharon shares her message about how she has made her life work well for her despite all the obstacles of living with arthritis.

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  • Chloe

    Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
    not stated

    Chloe describes the change Arthritis Care brought to her life as dramatic, she now feels confident about her future and does not feel that living life with arthritis will limit her choices.

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  • Shay

    Lupus

    Shay was diagnosed with Lupus aged 13. He shares his experience of attending his very first Positive Future workshop and how he has since gained confidence in himself and his abilities both academically and in setting goals for the future.

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  • Andrea

    Ankylosing spondylitis
    Northern Ireland

    When Andrea was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis at the age of 21, the pain was so intense she thought her life was over. Now 47, thanks to advice and information from Arthritis Care she has had the confidence to keep going.

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  • Nicola

    Chronic juvenile arthritis
    Cheltenham

    Nickie talks about life with chronic juvenile arthritis and all the positive things that have happened in her life. As a Celebrity Ambassador, Nickie passionately supports Arthritis Care’s awareness raising work.

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  • Jayne

    Polymyalgia rheumatica
    Llanelli, Wales

    Jayne talks about her experience of getting her diagnosis and then finally attending an Arthritis Care pain management workshop. Now she attends Llanelli Arthritis Care support group which helps her to feel supported.

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  • Stacey

    Psoriatic Arthritis
    Glasgow

    Stacey was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis when she was 15 years old. Having had to leave employment at 23, she talks about the support she has received from Arthritis Care.

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  • Carolann

    Osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis
    Liverpool

    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

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