My Arthritis Story

Remembering to say thank you when you have a chronic illness

If you’re like me, you can have days where having a chronic illness and in particular, being in chronic pain, makes you a bit bitter and angry at the world. It’s ok to have a ‘feeling sorry for yourself day’ occasionally.

However, it’s important to remember and be grateful for those days where things do work out or your not in pain or you receive some good news about your health. It’s all too easy to get stuck in a negative rut and mindset, trust me, I know.

I fought long and hard to get my switch from biologics to biosimilars reversed and my poor nurses and GP had to listen to me complain – a lot. I had to keep banging the drum, drawing comparisons to what I used to be able to do versus what I could no longer do now and I had to make sure that my case stayed front and centre amongst all the other poor people facing the same issue. At no point did my healthcare providers not give me the time of day, listen or made me feel like they were doing anything but championing my cause and eventually, we got the result – and for that I am eternally grateful.

So today I am writing thank you cards to those key people and teams that helped me get the decision reversed – and it feels good! I have been bogged down lately by infections and time off work (as those who follow the blog will know) and it would be so easy to forget about the good news I received a few weeks ago now and lose sight of the bigger picture.

I therefore challenge you to do something positive today, even if it’s just a simple thank you to a loved one who’s supported you or to that person who always runs you to the hospital. It’s amazing what it can do for your wellbeing and mindset and sets you up for a good day.

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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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