In the age of social media we sometimes hear warnings of the risk of 'over-sharing' online - boring your friends with too many Instagram photos of your breakfast, or posting running commentaries on Facebook when watching Strictly.
But today we're launching our 'Share your Everyday' 2016 campaign and calling for exactly that. We want people with arthritis to share their everyday experiences with us - from the trick you've discovered to hold your morning tea without hurting your hands, to the best way to tell your boss what it's like to have a flare up, we want to hear from you.
Arthritis is the biggest cause of pain and disability in the UK, but despite this, many people with arthritis often feel isolated by the pain and fatigue their condition can cause. It attacks what it means to live, and can affect every aspect of your life- simple tasks like brushing your teeth or getting dressed in the morning can be difficult. Through our Share your Everyday campaign we want to create an accessible platform where you can share your wisdom of living with arthritis and learn from the experiences of others.
During last year's campaign, we listened when hundreds of people told us their hopes, fears and everyday challenges, highlighting the realities of living with the pain of arthritis. Their voice inspired us to fund three new research projects, all focused on breaking through the daily pain that arthritis causes.
From hearing from people like Nora, who has found keeping active has helped her manage her osteoarthritis, we know there is an abundance of advice that people with arthritis can pass on to each other. Nora says:
"Overall, I have to accept that things are going to get more painful and my life will become more restricted. The more I can do myself to hold back that process the more active time I will have. Self-management has been incredibly helpful for me. It has put me rather than my condition in charge of my health."
This year, we want even more people like Nora to share their everyday experience of living with arthritis. With everyone's support, we can continue to invest in breakthrough treatments, the best information and vital support for everyone affected by arthritis today, and in the future.
Share your everyday experiences of living with arthritis to help us find your everyday freedom. Visit www.arthritisresearchuk.org/shareyoureveryday
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