My Arthritis Story

A break in the clouds – exciting times ahead

As reported on my Facebook page yesterday – you can find it here if you haven’t given it a like yet πŸ˜‰ – I have some exciting news to tell you.

I have my first published article going in the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society (NASS) magazine shortly. It’s a more condensed version of what I shared on Ami’s Blog last month regarding living with arthritis whilst being a new parent and will be the first time I’ve ever had something I’ve written published! Slightly nervous but excited all the same.

I was then asked by the well known disability charity Scope to write two blog posts for their website/social media campaigns in 2020. One again on parenting with a disability and secondly regarding mental health and how that goes hand in hand with living with a disability.

If you would have said to me this time last year that I would have started a blog, people were following it and my writing would be published in actual magazines for leading charities, I would never have believed you! Funny how life goes sometimes.

This all comes in a two week period where I have been pretty miserable after picking up another chest infection and subsequent asthma problems off the back of it, so it was great timing for a little ‘pick me up’. It does also leave me wondering where else I can go with this?

I initially started this to share my story and to act as a bit of self-help but I thought the shelf-life of it would be pretty short, as after all, there’s only so much you can talk about yourself. However, it’s clear that I can use my voice to raise awareness on a much larger scale than just my personal biologics-switch story or arthritis and there’s an opportunity to do something really positive here.

Whilst I ponder that, if you have any ideas as to what I do next with this, suggestions or other places I could share my writing, then please do let me know in the comments.


  1. That’s great news – well, not the chest infection obviously but the writing – well done you! πŸ€—

    • Thank you, need to shake the imposter syndrome so I can actually start enjoying these opportunities! 😬

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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 Read his arthritis story here:

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