World Arthritis Day
Due to the limitations of living with arthritis as a young person, I was unable to participate in contact sports, as my joints would quite easily dislocate at the drop of a hat. As a result, I've never really been your typical lad.
Earlier this week we issued results from nationwide research which showed while most people think they have a good understanding of arthritis, for many people this understanding is actually unfounded as they believe common arthritis myths.
I was diagnosed with Juvenile Chronic Rheumatoid Arthritis when I was 13 years old. So, to add to the pimples, terrible dress sense and tsunami of hormones, I had something else to contend with in the form of a crippling disease that no child expects will enter their life.
The theme of World Arthritis Day is 'Move to Improve'. Keeping arthritic joints supple by staying as mobile and as active as possible is important because it will reduce your pain, help you to stay independent and improve your self-confidence.