As hinted on some of my social media channels, I will be launching a mini awareness campaign in the New Year, called ‘Chronically talking about pain’, where I will be releasing a post each day, throughout January, about life with chronic pain.

Part journal, part blog, I hope to create an eye-opening insight into the daily challenges of living in pain that are often overlooked. The issues it causes just getting through the day, the impact on relationships and holding down a job – the tears, sleepless nights, the falls and everything in between.

This campaign will also be covered in my recently launched podcast, which can be found here and on all good podcast platforms.

I support ‘Chronically talking about Pain’ this January. Talking about life in daily pain to raise awareness. #MyChronicPain #JoelvsArthritis #ChronicPain

It comes off the back of seeing ‘New Year, New Me’ posts on social media which got me thinking about how, for some of us, we don’t have that luxury of a mindset change, joining a gym or taking up yoga for a quick fix. Our pain is permanent and, for many of us, for reasons out of our control.

Consider ‘Chronically talking about pain’ as an alternative to the spur of the moment things people promise themselves at this time of year – consider it a mouthpiece for those suffering from an invisible illness. A promise to ourselves that we won’t be forgotten. That we will be seen.

I’ll be creating a new topic category for this project on the website, so you can easily follow the daily posts and, like always, the posts will be published on here and flagged via Facebook and Twitter for your attention.

This project will only grow as big as those supporting it, so please get involved with the hashtag #MyChronicPain, shares, comments and all that other good stuff to reach as many people as possible – to educate and to let others suffering know that they are not alone. Someone’s fighting their corner.

Happy New Year you beautiful bunch and here’s hoping for a safer and less unpredictable year in 2021. Thank you so much for sticking with me, through the toughest of times. I couldn’t do any of this without you.

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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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