My Arthritis Story

Blogging has become my new obsession

At first I wrote to vent, share experiences and help others – and those core drivers still apply. However, now there’s a new fire burning in my stomach over this project. A desire to improve, inspire and see how far I can take this. I didn’t realise when I was writing crappy lyrics and poems as an angry teenager or when I was travelling around the country in a band as a young adult that I actually loved writing!

It didn’t ever cross my mind that this would be something I would develop a passion for, something that I would find addictive. The slight trepidation as you write, knowing that someone, even one person will be reading your deepest thoughts, feelings, fears. The thrill of the publish as you see if your hard work even registerers.

A like, a comment, a share…hooked.

Like an opioid reaching the brain, you’re buzzing. Amazed at the fact that somebody took the time to read your opinion, be moved by your story or relate to what you are saying. The idea of my words sparking an emotion in somebody enough for them to send me a message of support, cannons a shock of ambition deep inside of me that I never knew I had.

I used to look forward to playing computer games in my spare time now that I can no longer play guitar, sport, ride my bike; but now, I look forward to writing and tweaking my website, experimenting with what works and what doesn’t.

Perhaps nothing comes of this, maybe something does and if it does, there might be something positive arise from this whole mess of a situation.

If you read this, thank you.

5 Comments

  1. I’m right there with you! I’ve always enjoyed writing, and even made a nice living as a copywriter, but never really considered blogging. Now that I’m doing it, I wonder why I didn’t try this before? Well, better late than never, I say. Write on!

  2. Rick Phillips

    I only write for me, when and how I want. Keep doing it so long as you wish.

  3. I blog for myself, to chronicle what was going on, but over the years I’ve connected to many good friends going through the same thing, so now I do it to help others too x

  4. Yes. You’ve captured it!

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Joel Nelson

Joel Nelson

Joel has lived with numerous forms of arthritis most of his life, with the onset when he was just 11 years old. In 2019, Joel created his blog, JoelvsArthritis to share his experiences, raise awareness and to be an advocate for those with arthritis and other autoimmune conditions. In his short writing career, Joel has written for a number of leading autoimmune and disability charities and is a community advocate and writer for Psoriatic-Arthritis.com. Read his arthritis story here: https://joelvsarthritis.co.uk/my-story

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