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Arthur's Place Vlogs & Blogs

Welcome to Arthur's Place's vlogs and blogs section! Every week our lovely bloggers post about life with arthritis. If you'd like to vlog or blog on Arthur's Place, just get in touch.

Latest posts

Five things to do before I’m 30

Five things to do before I’m 30

By Charlie Ridgewell  /  July 26, 2017
I took a break… and that’s ok.

I took a break… and that’s ok.

By Jessie-May Gattiker  /  July 26, 2017
My life-enhancing visit to the Pain Clinic

My life-enhancing visit to the Pain Clinic

By Charlotte Martin  /  July 19, 2017
Our reply to our son Charlie’s letter

Our reply to our son Charlie’s letter

By Heidi and Matt Ridgewell  /  July 10, 2017
A heartfelt letter to my parents

A heartfelt letter to my parents

By Charlie Ridgewell  /  July 3, 2017
A place I can go where I’m not ill

A place I can go where I’m not ill

By Rachael-Sarah (Sez)  /  June 30, 2017
Hiatus, work and surgery conundrum

Hiatus, work and surgery conundrum

By Rachael-Sarah (Sez)  /  June 16, 2017

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VLOG - Ellen's on Arthur's Place!

YouTube star Ellen, from Ellen’s in Wonderland, was diagnosed with JIA at 18-months-old. Now 25, she’s undergoing treatment again after some years off. “It all feels like a completely new experience again,” she says.  Ellen’s passions are her blog, her YouTube channel, exploring new cities and of course her cat.

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Lottie's Life

Lottie was diagnosed with JIA at 14-months-old. Now 22, she has been on various treatments and has been involved in drug trials for new anti-TNFs (biologics) with Great Ormond Street Hospital. She is currently studying for a Psychology degree at The Open University and lives with her mother Deborah and their dog Talulah.

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The Life of a Spoonie

Molly, a 22-year-old Drama graduate, was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) at the age of 13. She enjoys trekking, and has conquered Kilimanjaro. When she’s not dreaming of trekking and adventuring, she’s enjoying a good brew, crafting, gaming and watching every TV series available on Netflix.

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Hannah's R.A.ndom Thoughts

Hannah, a PhD candidate living in Melbourne, Australia, shares her R.A.ndom Thoughts on Arthur’s Place. She likes travelling, old books, sewing, dinosaurs and chocolate.

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Riding it out

Sez, 25, was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis aged 12 and osteoarthritis aged 20. She rides horses, competing in show jumping despite her OA, writes fiction and edits fandom YouTube videos. She is a nurse by day and an artist by night.

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Anoushka RA Warrior!

Anoushka Anand, a former children’s nurse, was diagnosed with severe rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 21 after a battle to convince doctors of her symptoms. Now 28, Anoushka has joined Arthur’s Place as a blogger and RA Warrior. She’s just been on a mini tour of the US. Jealous? Yes!

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Cats, cakes & arthritis

Eduarda was diagnosed with JIA aged 20 even though she’s had it since she was very young. Now 21, she blogs on Arthur’s Place to help spread awareness and show people what it’s like living with arthritis. She’s currently trying to survive med school and arthritis. She has 2 very fluffy Persian cats.

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Charlie's Cut

Charlie Ridgewell, our youngest blogger, is 18 and was diagnosed with Palindromic Rheumatism in 2017. Charlie works for two charities, is a keen writer and gamer. Motivated by helping others feel less alone, Charlie knows how bad arthritis can be, but always tries to smile through each day. He has a cat called Felix and a snake called Steve.

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Stiff Joints Ahead

Rebecca is a late twenty something runner with Psoriatic Arthritis, who will be running the 2018 London Marathon. A full time worker and a part time student with the Open University, she enjoys reading, sport, and cats. A Disney fanatic, Baloo from The Jungle Book is her idol. She lives in Aberdeen with her boyfriend.

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Collette's Blog

Collette McColgan has been part of our team from the very beginning, writing articles as well as her blog (she is the original Arthur’s Place blogger and inspiration). Now 25, Collette was diagnosed with JIA aged three. She has a boyfriend called Mike and a cat called Bowie. Read her entire blog here – it’s a precious gem in our archive!

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Simon says...

Simon is a PhD student from Manchester, UK. Inspired by his experience of living with JIA, psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia and inflammatory bowel disease, Simon pursued a research career to improve the support available for other young people living with invisible illnesses. Simon is also a patient research ambassador – so there’s never a dull moment in his life!

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Jessie-May is 23 and was diagnosed with Palindromic rheumatoid arthritis at 19. She is a passionate hairdresser in the heart of the south west. Jessie is on a constant mission to find relief, and has tried all sorts of methods from juicing to homeopathy. She is just starting biological treatment and is excited to be able to share her ups and of course, downs.

Read Jessie-May’s blog