Joel vs Arthritis – blogger, arthritis fighter

sharing my experiences in the hope that it might help others – support, info & stories for all things autoimmune

Joel – Creator of JoelVsArthritis

Hi! I’m Joel…

…a man in my mid-thirties, from Norwich, UK who has had some form of arthritis or autoimmune disorder most of my life. Essentially my body’s own immune system attacks itself in various parts of my body.

I have had Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JiA) since I was 11, diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) when I was 14 and Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA) in my 20’s. My condition unfortunately progresses with age and due to treatment to suppress my immune system, I am also vulnerable to infection.

Me completing the Great North Run for Arthritis Research UK in 2017

I have always struggled with talking about my challenges and disabilities so after a difficult year in 2019, I created this blog to share my experiences, raise awareness, provide resources for people fighting autoimmune disorders and to act as a bit of self-help for myself when the going gets tough.


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I am stubborn and do as much as my body permits so although there will be posts when I’m struggling or having a bad day, I hope that I can inspire, demonstrate the positive side of those of us fighting arthritis or living with chronic pain and show that anything is possible with the right attitude and motivation.

I will also not shy away from the associated challenges of living with an autoimmune disease and hope that by openly talking about mental health, relationships, parenting and employment it can help others in a similar situation or newly diagnosed.

I am always looking for feedback, contributions, guest posts etc. to help build what I am trying to achieve with this project and give others a platform to tell their story and raise awareness, so please do get in touch if you think you can help.

Me on the start line of RideLondon 100 in 2019 in aid of Cancer Research UK (I managed to complete it in just over 7hrs despite going through a flare at the time!)

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Thank you for visiting – Joel. 🙂

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Latest blog posts

Chronic illness – a setback bigger than the illness itself

You might think you are helping by taking things away from me but you’re not. You are further knocking the confidence of somebody who is already fragile from their chronic illness. An event happened to me today that reminded me of something worse than living with chronic illness itself. The issue of people thinking they…

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‘Oh, I see you’re limping away?’ *awkward pause as they wait for me to say* ‘How are you? You’re looking well?’ I deflect back, you don’t know my hell. Confused, they’re thrown. No gossip? Poor show. ‘What’s wrong?’, their patience expires. ‘Oh, just this long term thing’. I retire.

Product Review: Neo G fingerless arthritis gloves

Disclosure: I am an independent blogger and reviews are written based upon my own opinion. The links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a small commission. Affiliate links for products that we feel will be of interest to our viewers helps us…

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