This week was a busy one! With the year anniversary of this website, we saw several articles I had penned over the last couple of months published on third party websites. Earlier in the week, the theme was ‘Parenting with Arthritis’ and later, my personal arthritis story.

Firstly, I was extremely proud to be a part of the Psoriasis Association‘s work around Psoriasis Awareness Week 2020. My article, on my personal experience with psoriatic arthritis, talks emotionally about how becoming a parent motivated me to be a better role model and deal with my self-imposed issues with my body image.

It’s a subject that needs to be talked about more, especially amongst men. There’s a preview of the article below, and you can find the full piece via the link below.

Today, almost 25 years on from that kid in the waiting room, I can’t sit here and say I’m not self-conscious because I am. My battle with depression aligns directly with my physical mobility and appearance. Sometimes because of reliance on mobility aids, others, the condition of my skin. But there’s a big difference between being aware of your image and being ashamed.

The second article, I can safely say is one of the proudest I have written. I’m not entirely sure why but what started as a request from Arthr, who design products to help those living with arthritis, with a brief to talk about my experience with mobility and daily living aids, quickly went down a path of self-discovery regarding my constant need of support throughout my life with arthritis.

Essentially, the article seems to capture one’s experience of the condition beyond pain perfectly. The life-changing experience of arthritis. I wrote it to be jarring, and from some of the messages I have received, it seems to have hit its mark.

Again, I have put an excerpt below but like all of my unpaid charity articles, I will place them on this website in full after a period of time so that I don’t encroach on the organisation I am writing for. Unfortunately, I cannot do this for my freelance/paid articles as I don’t own the content.

In conversations around my arthritis, I often refer back to when I was in a wheelchair as a child. It acts as a good wake up call for when people are not getting the impact the disease has on my daily life. It’s also a great mental image to snap people out of that initial loop they seem to get in as they try and wrap their heads around their false preconceptions of arthritis being an ‘old person’s disease’.

I look forward to sharing more of my third-party, published work soon. You can find more on my portfolio page.

Thank you for all of your support; without it, I would never get these opportunities to write for these amazing organisations and be a part of the solution for arthritis and autoimmune support and awareness.

Here’s to another year!

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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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