Today is, as I am sure you will have guessed from the title, is World Arthritis Day. I must admit, I am struggling a bit with mine at the moment and am feeling pretty grotty today!
The last couple of weeks have started to see more and more joints becoming sore and stiff, starting with my left elbow and now including both my knees, my right ankle, my right elbow, right thumb and jaw. I am hoping it is just the change in the weather but with more and more joints going downhill, I am a little worried I am heading for a flare.
I made this video last year for World Arthritis Day but thought it was worth sharing again as there are still many who don’t realise that arthritis can affect children and young people too. Arthritis is not just an old person’s disease, due to wear and tear of joints. It isn’t just aches and pains. I have rheumatoid arthritis and this is an autoimmune disease. Not only are my joints affected, but several systems within my body.
I would absolutely love it if you hopped on over to my YouTube channel and had a watch of this short film. It would be great if you could like and subscribe too (new videos are coming soon) and I would also be grateful for any shares of this to let as many people we know about World Arthritis Day.
The sad fact is that I have never known life without arthritis as I was diagnosed at just 15 months of age. However, it has helped shape the person I am today and I am pretty happy with her! Versus Arthritis is encouraging people to share messages of strength for this year’s ‘celebrations’ – well this is mine. This video and this blog chronicle things I have done and continue to do despite having rheumatoid arthritis. My doctor’s said by now I could be in a wheelchair and I am not. They said I may have to take an automatic driving test and drive an automatic car – I told them I would pass a manual test and I did, I also still drive a manual car. I am a mum, studying at university, having fun and am still a positive person.
I might have arthritis, but it doesn’t have me! Take care and keep safe,