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  • Rebecca

    Rheumatoid arthritis
    London

    Five years ago, Rebecca was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. She tells us about her diagnosis, her experience with medication, and the positive steps she has taken since stopping work.

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  • Jennylyn

    Rheumatoid arthritis
    London

    Jennylyn's early years living with rheumatoid arthritis were very difficult. Despite the challenges she remained positive. With good treatment and volunteering for Arthritis Care she feels inspired by the people she meets and the new friends she has made

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  • Linda

    Osteoarthritis
    Dorset

    Linda used to be a community mental health nurse but, due to her arthritis, retired early at 57.She tells her story of how, having initially delayed diagnosis, she was able to find the help she needed.

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  • Sarah

    Rheumatoid arthritis
    Beckenham

    Life for Sarah changed after her diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. Initially her symptoms were mild but later the pain became debilitating. The helplines provided her with the lifeline she needed. Now a new chapter of her life is about to begin.

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  • Yolande

    Rheumatoid
    London

    Yolande was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at 46 years old. As a nurse practitioner it took her a while to become accustomed to the idea of being the one in pain. She tells us her story of diagnosis, through to how she lives life to the full today.

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  • Deb

    osteoarthritis
    Wales

    Deb has had osteoarthritis for about 20 years – she didn’t know it at the time and was only diagnosed with OA in the spine five years ago. She tells us her story.

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  • Sam

    Osteoarthritis
    Buckinghamshire

    Sam tells us about growing up with a genetic condition which affected her growth and, having been diagnosed with arthritis in 2014, she has adapted and managed to make positive changes in order to live positively.

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  • Barbara

    Rheumatoid arthritis
    Northampton

    In 1952, at the age of seven, Barbara was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Sixty four years later, she is an active volunteer and a Arthritis Care group member. She tells us her story of how she learnt to live well with arthritis.

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  • Clare

    Rheumatoid arthritis
    London

    Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 13, Clare tells us her story of life with arthritis, and how Arthritis Care have helped her.

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  • Keri

    Rheumatoid arthritis
    Northern Ireland

    Keri talks about being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when she was 21 in her last year of university whilst studying to be a primary school teacher.

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  • Bev

    Still's disease
    Lancashire

    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
    Sheffield

    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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