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Growing up with arthritis can be an absolute pain – literally.

Breakout is a new resource written by young people with arthritis. They share their experiences of living with arthritis and tell it how it really is.

If you are worried about school, getting a boyfriend or girlfriend, getting friends to understand what it’s like to live with arthritis – it’s all covered in Breakout.

Download your free copy and read how others have coped with the challenges of having arthritis.

Below you can watch Clare Allen talk about what she got out of being one of the writers of Breakout – and learn a bit more about the other young people involved.

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Shelley Hayward

Shelley Hayward

Shelley, 19, is from Hampshire has had arthritis since she was 14. She has worked hard to come to terms with her body image. She helps with workshops for other young people with arthritis.

Dan Proctor

Dan Proctor

Dan, who is 19 and from Wiltshire, has had arthritis since he was 10. He is considering a career in the police and says it¹s easy to make friends despite having arthritis.

Kate Fleetham

Kate Fleetham

Kate, is from York and is 22. She has had arthritis since her late teens but was undiagnosed for years. She is studying art history and aspires to work with children.

Clare Allen

Clare Allen

Clare, 20, has had rheumatoid arthritis since she was 13. She is doing a geography degree.

James Chamberlain

James Chamberlain

James, 24, has had arthritis since he was eight. He is a keen swimmer and hockey player, and is studying music technology.

Rosie Buttery

Rosie Buttery

Rosie, 23, has had arthritis since she was a few months old. She has a psychology degree and has been a volunteer leader on Arthritis Care¹s workshops for young people.

Dan Fielding

Dan Fielding

Dan, 19, has had arthritis since he was two. He is into football, cars, and had a hip replacement in September 2008.

Emma Wells

Emma Wells

Emma, 24, has had arthritis since she was 17 and studied business administration. She has found that doing even simple activities with friends and family stops her from feeling isolated.

Niall McLaughlin

Niall McLaughlin

Niall, 27, has had arthritis since he was 12 and had to give up the violin and learn the piano because it was easier on his joints. He also plays the guitar and says his arthritis led him to focus more on music.



Check out the Breakout guide

Check out the Breakout guide

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