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Three’s A Crowd: Arthritis Was Ruining My Friendships

A recent flare reminded me that arthritis is far wider reaching than physical pain and limitations alone. Alongside my independence, PsA deprives me of my confidence and interferes with relationships and friendships. This is my story of how I changed my default behavior and let the world into my arthritis journey.

I have always tried to be an advertisement for what can be achieved with arthritis. With the right treatment, mindset, and application, of course. When I am in remission, I do everything I possibly can to not only make the most of the opportunity but to fend off the next flare for as long as possible.

The man that disappears

In this latest article published by Health Union’s psoriatic-arthritis.com, I talk about how I realised that I was allowing my disease to impact my relationships. Flares would mean that I was unable to participate in hobbies and because of my attitude and behaviour, nobody understood where I went or what happened to me.

This is the story of how I changed my approach to let the world into my arthritis journey.

You can read the article in full here: https://psoriatic-arthritis.com/living/managing-friends

One Comment

  1. Rick Phillips

    I have always been all out there regardless of diabetes or RA or AS. I realize I was a bit older when the rheumatologist got to be a typical part of my health team, but diabetes showed up when I was 17. So HS, college or dating I just said it and let it go. It sounds like you have found what I learned early. Hey if they don’t like one of my conditions? They will never like me.

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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 Psoriatic-Arthritis.com. Read his arthritis story here: https://joelvsarthritis.co.uk/my-story

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