I’m 68 years old and have osteoarthritis.
I’m writing to urge readers affected by arthritis to join me in sharing their everyday experiences and support Arthritis Research UK’s new campaign, pushing back the limits of arthritis.
I consider myself extremely lucky to have the loving network of friends and family that I do.
I’m confident that whatever life may throw my way, they will be there to support me.
Despite this, the pain and fatigue of arthritis can feel isolating and can attack what it means to live – it affects every aspect of my life.
I’ve been living with arthritis for more than five years now, and some days the pain makes it difficult for me to do something as simple as carrying the washing upstairs.
Over the years, I’ve picked up little tips and tricks that help me throughout the day.
During November, the charity Arthritis Research UK is asking people like me to share their experiences of day-to-day living with arthritis in their Share your Everyday campaign.
Ten million of us in the UK are living with arthritis, and together we can shape the big ideas and little changes to push back the limits and live the lives we want to.
By sharing my story in this campaign, I hope that I will be able to pass on a bit of wisdom that could help make a real day-to-day difference to other people.
With everyone’s support, we can help to make living with arthritis that little bit easier.
Join me and share your everyday experiences of living with arthritis to help Arthritis Research UK find our everyday freedom, visit www.arthritisresearchuk.org/shareyoureveryday