JoelvsArthritis – blogger, arthritis advocate

Latest blog posts

There’s a lifetime of support needed between juvenile-onset arthritis and old age
This one is personal to me. I have had Juvenile Ideopathic Arthritis (JIA) since I was a kid and one thing I have learned is …
10 things that must change to improve the arthritis world in 2020
I was recently speaking to a much-respected colleague about an upcoming rheumatology conference, and it got me thinking – if I had a magic wand …
Parenting and Arthritis
A father's day post about parenting and arthritis and how my son gives me all the motivation I need to go on. This article was …
Arthritis – A perpetual mid-life crisis gambling with my future
Living with arthritis is to exist in an ever-changing landscape. What I could do yesterday, isn't what I can do tomorrow, but possibly today. It …
Chronic pain – why we seek comfort in others who suffer
In this article, I explore why it's easier to find comfort in others who suffer from chronic pain than it is friends and family.
Affiliation with cbDNA announced
Please note: This is a sponsored/Ad supported post. I am pleased to finally announce that JoelvsArthritis is now affiliated with cbDNA, a UK-based company who …
A wave of pressure from a tsunami of change
I was through talking about shielding. After putting a lot of time, emotion and bearing my soul writing about my experience in my series and …
ICYMI: Times Radio Interview
In case you missed it, my live interview on the Times Breakfast show is available to listen for a limited time here: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/radio/show/20200803-974/2020-08-03 You can …
Featured in Versus Arthritis shielding study
Today, Versus Arthritis released the results of their shielding study and I provided a couple of quotes. As you know, this is a subject I …
Shielding 2020 – An upsetting experience that we must not forget
As shielding comes to an end, it's important to capture the experiences of those who lived it. To make sure those that sacrificed the most …

Hi, I’m Joel…

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A man in my mid-thirties, from Norwich, the 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. Later, I was 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 – But I won’t let this stop me.

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. I am also a contributor and community advocate for Psoriatic-Arthritis.com.


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I’m 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.

Finally, I will 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.

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 are always welcome, so please do get in touch if you think you can help.

JoelvsArthritis - blogger, arthritis advocate - JoelvsArthritis
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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Coronavirus - why it's a disturbing time for biologics users - JoelvsArthritis

Coronavirus – why it’s a disturbing time for biologics users

I’ve been off work the last week with another chest infection, its infuriating, frustrating and detrimental to my career but unfortunately it’s part of daily life when on biologics treatment – but it’s better than the alternative. Arthritis is destructive; it’s your body attacking itself due to your immune system […]