Your Stories

Each person’s journey with RA is unique. Here are some inspirational stories from real people living with rheumatoid arthritis, who have been in touch with NRAS.

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“Too young to have arthritis”

Carrie is a 21 year old music student from Swansea. Like any normal 21 year old girl, she loves spending time with friends and family, shopping and studying to achieve her chosen career. However, she also lives with RA, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome  am Carrie, a 21 year old music student from Swansea, currently living and studying in London. Like any […]

A daughter’s letter to her father, who lives with RA

Dear Dad, you took care of me within your strong arms until I could walk, then embraced me in hugs every day after, keeping our connection forever strong. You took care of me, and you still do, but I want to talk about the time where this case was inversed. To look back on when […]

After 10 years with RA, no one can take my smile from me

Alan Wiles is one of our Members; he wanted to share his story with us during RA awareness week and support us to raise awareness and show people what it’s like #behindthesmile  Alan was diagnosed with RA 10 years ago; this is his story.  I was a typical child, I came from a military family and grew […]

How I coped with looking after my baby after an RA diagnosis

Angela Paterson was diagnosed with RA a short time after her baby daughter was born; a common time for RA symptoms to start. She discusses how this affected her and motherhood and how she found much needed support from NRAS and HealthUnlocked to help her through.   When I was diagnosed I searched desperately for any hope, then I found […]

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