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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

    Osteoarthritis
    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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  • Rowena

    Ankylosing spondylitis
    Bristol

    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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  • Caitriona

    Juvenile arthritis
    Belfast

    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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  • Rachel

    JIA - Psoriatic arthritis and hypermobility
    Glasgow

    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
    Glasgow

    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
    Dundee

    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
    Birmingham

    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
    UK

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

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  • 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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