JoelvsArthritis

arthritis advocate – raising awareness for all things autoimmune

My arthritis story

By hiding my disability, I was denying a huge part of what makes me, me

Joel Nelson – creator of joelvsarthritis.co.uk

Hi, I’m Joel…

A man in my mid-thirties, from Norwich, the UK who has had some form of arthritis or autoimmune disorder most of my life. Essentially my body’s own immune system attacks itself in various parts of my body.

I have had Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JiA) since I was 11. Later, I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) when I was 14 and Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA) in my 20’s.

My condition, unfortunately, progresses with age and due to treatment to suppress my immune system, I am also vulnerable to infection – But I won’t let this stop me.

I have always struggled with talking about my challenges and disabilities so after a difficult year in 2019, I created this blog to share my experiences, raise awareness, provide resources for people fighting autoimmune disorders. I am also a contributor and community advocate for Psoriatic-Arthritis.com.


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I’m stubborn and do as much as my body permits. So although there will be posts when I’m struggling or having a bad day, I hope that I can:

Inspire, demonstrate the positive side of those of us fighting arthritis or living with chronic pain and show that anything is possible with the right attitude and motivation.

Finally, I will not shy away from the associated challenges of living with an autoimmune disease and hope that by openly talking about mental health, relationships, parenting and employment it can help others in a similar situation or newly diagnosed.

Feedback, contributions, guest posts etc. to help build what I am trying to achieve with this project and give others a platform to tell their story and raise awareness are always welcome, so please do get in touch if you think you can help.

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Thank you for visiting – Joel.

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