There are so many of us with arthritis knocking about, it only stands to reason that we eventually start to take over the internet, as well as the rest of the world.
The great thing about reading someone else’s tips, experiences and stories about their life with arthritis is that you get all that useful information, along with knowing that you’re not on your own. That alone can make you feel stronger and more able to deal with whatever might be ahead of you.
Obviously, Arthur’s Place is the finest example of online support and info for young folk, 18 to 35-ish with arthritis. Here are a few of my other favourite arthritis warriors taking over the social media sphere, and providing reassurance that no one has to go through this alone.
This blog, by Cat, is what got me into blogging about arthritis. As well as having arthritis, Cat has achieved so much – she’s completed countless marathons for Arthritis Research UK, is a junior doctor and, most notably, has had a baby. Her blog is real – and occasionally difficult to read, in a good way – and is a source of support when you need it most.
This twitter account by Marek offers an insight into his life with Ankylosing Spondylitis. He’s a medical student, triathlete and Iron Man in training. He tweets about representing the under 50s at Anti-TNF clinics (we’ve all been there, right?) and certain issues with private companies hired by the NHS (we’ve definitely all been there). He also runs his own blog on his life with AS and his training.
Sasha at Rheumascloset
Sasha runs Rheumascloset, a fashion blog. Sasha also includes posts about her Rheumatoid Disease, as well as touching on fashion choices she has to make because of problems caused by her condition, which may come in handy to others.
Like Sasha above, MissPond is a lifestyle blogger. Based in Manchester, her blogs touch on many subjects – including health, fitness, beauty and food – but she also makes reference to her arthritis and how she deals with this in various aspects of her life.
Emily Bradley @chroniccurve
Emily Bradley runs her website and blog to shed light on the chronic illness she has. She is an ePatient, writer and speaker, and also a university student in Florida. She wants to raise awareness of living with chronic illness.
Hurt Blogger | Britt @HurtBlogger
Britt runs thehurtblogger.com to change the face of autoimmune arthritis. She does interesting experiments like live tweeting her days with autoimmune arthritis to show the effects, and how variable the condition can be. She also has a lot to say on current affairs and how chronic and autoimmune diseases are represented and recognised in the media.
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(Any opinions expressed in Collette’s blog are not necessarily shared by Arthur’s Place. Nothing that you read in Collette’s blog constitutes medical advice.)