Personal stories

  • Elaine

    Osteoarthritis
    Sittingbourne

    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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  • Stephanie

    Systemic JIA
    London

    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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  • Helena and Amelie

    Polyarthritis
    Doncaster

    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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  • Sharon

    Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia
    Slough

    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
    London

    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

    Osteoarthritis
    Hampshire

    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

    Osteoarthritis
    Norfolk

    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

    Lincolnshire

    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
    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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  • 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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  • 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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