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Building ongoing support and information for families of children with arthritis

Building ongoing support and information for families of children with arthritis

Arthritis New Zealand to extend its services for families who have children with arthritis, working with National Paediatric Rheumatology Services.

Grief as a motivator to live

A significant time in my life was when I was studying Photography. I was in my early twenties, and at that time, I didn’t openly talk about having RA.

Remember the joy of just being there

A significant time in my life was when I was studying Photography. I was in my early twenties, and at that time, I didn’t openly talk about having RA.
Undiagnosed for years until an eye inflammation came along

Undiagnosed for years until an eye inflammation came along

Anya woke up one morning with a sore eye, pain and blurred vision. This eye inflammation at the age of 27 was a necessary evil that led to a diagnosis.
Against physical odds, Kylie completes Ironman half and trains to take on the full in 2020

Against physical odds, Kylie completes Ironman half and trains to take on the full in 2020

Kylie's road to Ironman began when she first sought help to manage her AS.
Joint replacement surgery – more operations not the answer

Joint replacement surgery – more operations not the answer

Surgery can be avoided through well supported early intervention that include access to physiotherapy, dieticians, psychologists and sleep specialists.
Most people with hip or knee osteoarthritis never need a joint replacement – expert in osteoarthritis

Most people with hip or knee osteoarthritis never need a joint replacement – expert in osteoarthritis

Most people with hip or knee osteoarthritis never need a joint replacement - government needs to fund more exercise and weight loss programmes.
Newly minted with rheumatoid arthritis and using Instagram to cope

Newly minted with rheumatoid arthritis and using Instagram to cope

Briar Edmonds has turned to the popular social media platform Instagram to help her come to terms with a life-changing diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), at only 35.
It’s just arthritis, but what about Jared, 20, living with psoriatic arthritis?

It’s just arthritis, but what about Jared, 20, living with psoriatic arthritis?

Twenty-year-old Jared McOnie of Wellington says he thought he reached a point of no return in April this year when the pain caused by psoriatic arthritis was relentless.
I thought arthritis is what old people get, and then I got it

I thought arthritis is what old people get, and then I got it

At the young age of 43 last year, Andrew Smyth got diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. The diagnosis hit him like a bolt of lightning. “I thought arthritis was what old people get. Surely 43 isn’t old enough, let alone 36, when my symptoms first started to appear”.
Imagine you have shards of glass in your joints, and it hurts to move

Imagine you have shards of glass in your joints, and it hurts to move

Bernie O’Brien, 77, from Christchurch, experiences excruciating pain from his osteoarthritis and has done for many years. Seeking help from an arthritis educator helped him learn to manage his flare-ups better.
13-year-old with arthritis granted Para Equestrian status for dressage

13-year-old with arthritis granted Para Equestrian status for dressage

Two years ago, Ashley Millar was diagnosed with rheumatoid factor positive juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), and

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