I’m writing this a day late but it’s a busy time of year. I wanted to wish everyone that follows my blog an awesome Christmas and Happy New Year and to say thank you for all of the support, messages of encouragement, likes and follows since I started this.

It’s been a measly 7 weeks that this has been a thing. That I first picked up the courage to start talking about my situation in the hope that it will bring some help or comfort to others and to try and help myself wrap my head around the situation. Yet, since then, it’s become so much more.

I’ve met some amazing people in the form of more established bloggers who have offered support, advice and encouragement, especially in those early days when nobody was really stopping by. I have also talked with fellow arthritis fighters who stumbled across the blog and were kind enough to share their experiences. It amazes me how comfortable some people are sharing their story and challenges and is a source of inspiration to me.

Others I have yet to get to know, yet they still like my posts, follow the blog, like Instagram pictures, share content etc. each week and for those people, I am eternally grateful; for it is you that keep me doing this and reminding me that when I struggle to be open or that I doubt or convince myself that there isn’t an audience for my writing, it’s your support that reminds me that someone out there is getting something from this – and that’s all I need. 😊

So as 2020 approaches, I’m genuinely more excited about this project than any other thing I have going on outside my family. It’s only been 7 weeks yet we have had almost 1000 views on this site alone (not inc. Social media pages) and the engagement on each story or discussion continues to grow. It’s you, my followers, that make this blog what it is and what it will become so thank you and I cannot wait to see what 2020 will bring.

Thank you for giving me something to look forward to again.

N.b. if you would like to contribute to the blog, guest post, share resources or just generally offer suggestions, then please do get in touch at contact@joelvsarthritis.co.uk – I’d love to hear from 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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