For WORD DAY 2021, I was interviewed by the wonderful Juvenile Arthritis Research Project.

It was an absolute pleasure to spend time discussing all things juvenile arthritis, sharing parts of my story and hopefully offering a little hope for those early on in their arthritis journeys.

You can still do pretty much whatever you want. Ok, you’re not always going to be able to do certain things at certain times, but that’s the same for everybody. In my periods of remission, I proved everyone wrong (I even used it as my fuel!) – and even a perfectly healthy person hits the ceiling at some point, like that friend in school who wanted to be a rock star but never made it. Just don’t let your arthritis be your excuse. Ever.

I spent far too long worrying about what I’d turn into, worrying about what people thought, that I missed my childhood. Be better than me and keep proving people wrong.

Juvenile Arthritis Research – Joel Nelson Interview (

For the full in-depth interview, head over to the JAR website.

WORD Day Ambassador

In other news, as posted on my social media accounts, I am delighted to be an official Ambassador for WORD Day!

I have lots of content planned over the week as we build to Thursday, with a brief schedule outlined below.

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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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