Teri

“At 17 months old I was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Now at 23 years of age I have rheumatoid arthritis (RA). A handful of my joints are also affected by osteoarthritis (OA). “Arthritis New Zealand supported me from an early age and in 2008 I...

Jacob

Arthritis is not just an old person’s disease. Half the 624,000 Kiwis with arthritis are of working age and around one in 1000 children has arthritis. Jacob Toresen was one of them. He was just like any other active, sports-mad Kiwi kid when he was diagnosed with...

Kylie

Kylie “I was diagnosed in my mid-20s with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). I’m now in my mid 40s. I have a job where I do a great deal of physical work with my hands in a creative industry,  and so I was initially upset and devastated with the diagnosis, thinking, “what on...

Owen

Owen Owen, 87, has osteoarthritis, and has had it most of his life. When Owen contacted our Arthritis Educator, he was living in considerable pain, made worse when he pushed his walker as he followed what he understood to be his GP’s advice. He was using Panadol, but...

It’s the little things that matter

It’s amazing the small things in life that most people take for granted, like simply getting out of bed after a good night’s sleep. Or the jump-up-quickly-because-you-are-late spring that happens and the quick race to get ready for the day. Not the shuffle, roll and...

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