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Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Week

Its that time of year again. Its Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Week.

From the 18th to the 24th of June 2018 is Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Week. Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in your joints and can affect any part of your body.

This year for Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Week the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) is asking people to share their stories of life with Rheumatoid Arthritis. They are asking their supporters, not just those who suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis but those whose lives are affected by it in anyway, whether they are a friend, family member or a healthcare professional to film a short clip  between 30 to 60 seconds long briefly explaining how Rheumatoid Arthritis has affected them and would be based on one or more of the below topics:

  • How RA affects your joints on a day to day basis and how you’ve overcome different obstacles

  • How RA is about more than just joints - does RA affect your eyes, heart, lungs or other areas of your body?

  • How RA has affected your work or your education

  • Any experiences you have had with your disease feeling invisible e.g. reactions from friends and family, or the general public about it

  • We also want to hear from friends, family, colleagues - how has your RA affected them? Has it made them learn more about the disease? How have they supported you?

  • How does having RA affect you emotionally?

  • Healthcare professionals - How has RA affected your patients? What support can rheumatology teams give them?

Further details can be found by visiting https://www.nras.org.uk/ra-awareness-week  you can also join in the conversation using the hashtag #ReframeRA.

Although Rheumatoid Arthritis is a long term condition and flare ups can be difficult to predict there are still many ways to manage the condition from Drugs, Surgery to our very own Putnams Wedge while scientists are continuously striving to understand more about the condition so that one day we might be able to find a cure.

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If you are interested in finding out more about Rheumatoid Arthritis or how you can help support a very worthwhile organisation please visit their web site on the below address.

https://www.nras.org.uk/


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