Your stories

  • Major Jake P Baker's Story

    I retired from the Army on 30th April 2013 after nearly 42 years' service - man and boy. I enlisted 6 days after my 15th birthday, taking the Queen's Shilling on 26th August 1971 at the Army Careers Information Office in Salisbury, Wiltshire. I was brought up as a foster child and, though I did not appreciate it at the time, was extremely fortunate to have remained with that family from the age of only a few weeks old.

  • "Too young to have arthritis"

    I am Carrie, a 21 year old music student from Swansea, currently living and studying in London. Like any normal 21 year old girl, I love spending time with friends and family, shopping and of course, studying to achieve the career I want.

  • Writing with rheumatoid arthritis

    I was eighteen when I developed RA. My mother had been diagnosed with the same condition five years before, so when my knuckles discoloured and ‘puffed up’, it was immediately investigated. It took five years before I was given my diagnosis.

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy

    Living with rheumatoid arthritis can, at times, be a lonely experience. Though I continually try to share with those around me what I am going through, words alone will never be able to accurately describe the pain that this disease brings into my life.

  • Running away from RA

    In 2010, at the age of 35, I was unexpectedly diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. The pain throughout my body was excruciating, particularly in my hands and feet, so I was immediately put on steroids to help stop it.

  • Eileen’s Festival Tips

    Eileen Hutchinson is an active NRAS member with a love of music! With the help of a charity called Attitude is Everything, Eileen has been able to live her festival dream.

  • I’m a Paralympian!

    Leigh is 43 years old and a dual citizen (US/UK). Having been born with club feet, which were rectified with a Dennis Browne bar, she was involved in a cycling accident in 1980 which caused a severe comminuted ankle fracture and meant having surgery to fuse bones and repair muscle, ligament and tendon damage.

  • Hip Replacement at a Young Age – A personal account

    A personal account of having a hip replacement at a young age. Covering how to cope emotionally, research, key questions, equipment and recovery.

  • Horse Riding and RA

    I have been a keen horse rider since childhood, competing regularly as well as breeding ponies and training them. When I was diagnosed with RA in 2006 I think my exact words to my consultant were “I’ll give up anything except horse riding.” Admittedly, in those early days, I only rode my older pony who I knew would look after me no matter what.

  • My Very Positive Blog!

    When I was diagnosed I searched desperately for any hope, then I found the NRAS HealthUnlocked site and I found hope from many of its members, one member in particular, Gina, especially as whenever I read her blogs I always felt uplifted. She achieved remission albeit a ‘chemically induced remission’.