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Life is Worth the Fight… Ten Years On | Arthritis

October 31, 2016

So I reached a huge life milestone last month. Ten whole years of living with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Or as I like to call it ten years as an Arthritis Warrior.

I’ve written about my diagnosis before. As well as about me trying to do “normal” things like exercising with arthritis. It’s quite odd to think the journey has been going on for ten years and it’s sometimes quite hard to swallow that this is the rest of my life too.


I’ve been through the mill with different drugs and treatments. Annoyingly I am likely to need more surgery in 2017. Having surgery to stop my left wrist from bending in 2010 to help with pain, more surgery is something I’m not looking forward too. I really didn’t enjoy general and it was a long time recovering. Luckily this time I have Mr W as well as my amazing family to help. Back when I had wrist surgery I felt pretty lonely and impacted on my mental health a bit. Purely because I went back to Manchester with a wrist in plaster and I lived alone and started a masters degree I absolutely hated. Luckily it’s different this time.


I must point out it’s not all bad, I promise!! RA hasn’t been a ‘death sentence’ for me. It’s pushed me to do things because I don’t want it to rob me of my life. I still enjoy climbing mountains, I still occasionally run (when my commute allows) and I do still like the odd night out. I also achieved what I wanted at uni and got myself my dream job. I just have to remember that I still need to take care of myself.


Recently I found out that NRS Healthcare have made some videos on what it’s like to live with arthritis. Those without arthritis wore gloves that mimick the stiffness and swelling of joints. The reactions of them are interesting to watch, especially when they are trying to do their hair. This is something I struggle with a lot! Now whilst they don’t feel the pain that hair brushing can sometimes cause in my hands/arms. Understanding into what we as arthrtis warriors feel is raising more awareness to what we suffer. I could do with a pair for some of my friends!

So I leave you with the optimistic side of me. Whatever the next ten, twenty, thirty or however many years brings me, I’m ready for the battle. I’m not scared anymore 🙂

Have you got a friend or relative with arthritis? Would you give the gloves a go to experience what they feel? Let me know in the comments,


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  • Reply becca October 31, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Wow! I love how positive you are, your a inspiration to us all!


    • Reply MissPond November 7, 2016 at 8:10 pm

      Thank you 🙂 It can be difficult but I do try 🙂

  • Reply Charlotte Braithwaite October 31, 2016 at 11:31 am

    I know you said RA is not all bad but I seriously take my hat of to you lady. I have very mild arthritis in my knee after an accident when I was younger its so flipping annoying when it comes to winter so I can only image how you feel.
    Keep climbing those mounting hun – Great post!
    Charlotte x

    • Reply MissPond November 7, 2016 at 8:14 pm

      Thank you lovely 🙂 I hope the winter isn’t too bad for you x

  • Reply Elsa Eats October 31, 2016 at 9:36 am

    I have a friend who was recently diagnosed with RA last year, so reading all these posts have been a big help in getting me to understand some of what she may experience. Thank you for posting these articles.

    • Reply MissPond November 7, 2016 at 8:17 pm

      No worries, glad they could be of help for you 🙂 I hope she is feeling OK x

  • Reply Anushka October 31, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Bless you, you’re so brave and positive ! Had a look at the video and it really opened my eyes to how hard it must be. My mum developed arthritis for a while whilst my grandmother was in her final days and she was very stressed and upset. Stress caused it and the fact that she couldn’t move her hands normally and she thought it was permanent depressed her even more. It still flares up from time to time when she is stressed but it isn’t a serious case so she is pain-free 90% of the time. I wish I’d been more sensitive towards her when it was happening though – I’d no idea just how hard it really was. Lots of hugs, support and strength girl! You’re an inspiration to us all!

    • Reply MissPond November 7, 2016 at 8:22 pm

      Thank you 🙂 That’s how my arthritis is too these days, it’s just trying to keep the stresses at bay 🙂 I hope your mum is well x

  • Reply jessic BROWNE October 31, 2016 at 9:04 am

    this is so inspiring, thanks for sharing 🙂 well done you!

    • Reply MissPond November 7, 2016 at 8:22 pm

      Thank you, glad you enjoyed reading my post x

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