What is JoelvsArthritis?
You can read more about my personal story here.
In 2019, I created my blog, ‘Joel vs Arthritis’ to share my experiences, raise awareness and to be an advocate for those with arthritis and other autoimmune conditions. I was going through a rough period with my health and I wanted others in a similar position to know they were not alone. It also gave me an outlet to help me adjust to my worsening physical health.
My wife came up with the name. The website initially was purely about my fight with the disease. My story. So it seemed appropriate. Things kind of snowballed in 2020 and it is much more than a personal blog now. I now write freelance for leading health charities and organisations.
To read more about what prompted me to start writing, read Pain and Parenting
What type of arthritis do you have/how long have you had arthritis?
Visit My Arthritis Story for information on my history with arthritis and to find articles about my journey.
The short answer: Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JiA) from around the age of 10/11, which evolved into Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA) in my 20’s – but because of the time of onset, it’s generally referred to as JiA.
Where else can we find you?
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/joelvsarthritis
Facebook Arthritis Support Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/joelvsarthritis
I try to put different content on each platform so that people can consume it according to personal preference. So if you follow one, try following another account too.
For example, Instagram features a lot of pictures of life with arthritis and being a parent whereas my Facebook page tends to be a lot more personal, with previews of upcoming work, questions asked of the community and micro-blogging of my personal situation etc. since I have a really strong bond with my Facebook followers. They are with me through thick and thin and really supportive of one another.
There’s bound to be a community and content type that suits you across my various channels.
How does JoelvsArthritis make money?
We don’t. In fact, it costs me between £500-1000 a year to run the website and associated costs, which I pay for out of my own pocket. It’s a figure that continues to grow with our audience.
I do receive fees for freelance writing articles for other websites and organisations but I never charge to write for charities. Raising awareness is the whole reason this entity exists so if a related charity asks me to write something for them, I am delighted for the opportunity.
Despite a lot of pressure, I refuse to run random ads on our website. I don’t think it’s appropriate if I can’t control what is shown and distracts from our important message.
We do occasionally use affiliate links for products we use personally and/or trust and have thoroughly researched. We will always make it abundantly clear when these are being used in articles.
As JoelvsArthritis has grown, far beyond what we ever imagined, we have tried to find ways to cover the costs. Therefore, we have partnered with ‘Buy Me a Coffee’ so visitors and supporters can gift us a few pounds to support our work.
So if you enjoy our content, you can support us here: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/joelnelson Every penny we receive goes back into the website and our awareness work.
How can I help?
As JoelvsArthritis has grown, it is getting increasingly more difficult to keep up with the demands on our time (my wife and I are both employed full time and have a young family).
Therefore, we are always looking for people that could help us with guest writing, campaigning and moderating social media groups etc.
We are always open to suggestions so if you think you can help in other ways, whether that be with graphics, promotion, opportunities for our awareness work or something else, please get in touch.
Do you work for Versus Arthritis?
I’m a huge supporter of their work and have featured in their national radio adverts and social media campaigns. I have also written articles for them and am often asked for my opinion, ideas and feedback on a range of subjects, from current affairs to the future of the services they offer.
I am not paid by Versus Arthritis nor am I employed by them.
Disclaimer: I talk candidly about my personal health journey, but I cannot help you personally with your health issues. My contact forms and email are not for medical support. Please contact your GP for medical assistance.