I am delighted to say that an article I wrote for the National Axial Spondyloarthritis Society (NASS) has been published in their Spring 2020 magazine.

A magazine that goes out exclusively to members, I am unable to share the article with you for now but can tell you it is a two-page piece entitled ‘Pain and Parenting: when the happiest year of your life becomes the hardest’.

In this candid piece, I discuss the challenges of becoming a parent whilst managing your chronic condition during a flare. I also cover the impact this has on your mental health and confidence as a new parent.

It is my first published piece in print form and for it to be for a charity that has been supporting me since I was 14 years of age, it’s something I am very proud of.

Since the publication, I have received a number of messages via email and on social media from fellow Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) sufferers it connected with.

When I set this site up just a handful of months ago, it was initially to tell my story; to be an outlet. To be able to go to bed at night knowing my words might have helped somebody else or reassured them that they are not alone is a very powerful feeling. It is also a great comfort when I myself am in pain or having a difficult day.

To those who read, commented or who have supported me to date in order to get these opportunities, thank you. This has gone far beyond my greatest hopes. I have fallen in love with writing.

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Arthritis and Psoriasis Patient Advocate, Writer And Consultant. Owner Of The Pain Company.

I share my story of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis to raise awareness and specialise in pain, parenting (with disability) and the mental health impact of living with chronic illness. I write and campaign for leading charities and organisations. In addition, I provide patient experience consultancy for both charities and global healthcare companies.

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