Personal stories

  • Joanna


    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. Joanna shares her story

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  • Stephanie

    Systemic JIA

    Stephanie, 25, started working for Arthritis Care as a young people and families project co-ordinator in August 2015 after a long connection with the charity. She tells her story...

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  • Somerset

    Rheumatoid arthritis

    Somerset shares her story of bringing up two young children, while living with rheumatoid arthritis. Determined to live medication free, she now follows a strict plant-based diet to manage her arthritis.

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  • Helena and Amelie


    Helena’s daughter Amelie was diagnosed with polyarthritis when she was just four years old. She shares her story of the challenges Amelie has faced so far.

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  • Elaine


    Elaine, 83 is very active despite her arthritis and runs weekly chair based exercise classes. She strongly believes that the key to managing her arthritis is by keeping active and eating well.

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  • Sharon

    Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia

    Having been diagnosed with osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia in the last two years, Sharon has been motivated to help others with arthritis. Read Sharon's full story.

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  • Gillian

    Osteoarthritis, cervical spondylosis

    Gillian tells her story of of her life with arthritis. Having never previously experienced any pain, she quite suddenly experienced symptoms of osteoarthritis. Read her story:

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  • Gayle


    Gayle was diagnosed with osteoarthritis aged 18. Nearly 20 years later, she’s enjoying an active life and is a keen cyclist. She has lived with multiple fractures, a knee replacement in one leg and a tibia screw in the other.

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  • Stan


    After 14 years managing a pub, Stan was forced to take early retirement, due to osteoarthritis. He now works as a volunteer, helping others to manage their arthritis.

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  • Barry


    Barry talks about how he was diagnosed with arthritis and how it shouldn't stop you from doing what you love. He also talks about how the support of friends and family is crucial in supporting you and telling you when you should take it easy.

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  • Rebecca

    Rheumatoid arthritis

    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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  • Sheena

    Rheumatoid arthritis
    Rothesay, Isle of Bute

    Sheena is a volunteer walk leader for Arthritis Care in Rothesay, on the Isle of Bute. Having had rheumatoid arthritis for 30 years, she joined Arthritis Care's Stepping Out walking group and found it really beneficial. Read her story.

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