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Hi. I’m two. I have arthritis…” Lauree had only been walking for about three months when her parents began noticing her morning stiffness. “She wouldn’t stand up in her cot. She’d cry. We initially thought it could be a hip problem,” they recall. GP visits led to a specialist consultation at Hutt Hospital and at 19 months Lauree was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA).


Age 2, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

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Your Stories

Can you imagine what it’s like not being able to open the lid of a jar of food, tie your shoe laces or open your milk? Do you have problems with packaging? Turning a doorknob? Or any other common day activity that we take for granted?

For someone with arthritis, these activities can be almost impossible, and cause pain and frustration. It can be embarrassing asking for help.

These are the stories of every day New Zealander’s that have arthritis. They come from all ages and stages of life, but all have common ground when it comes to the challenges and pain they face with arthritis.


“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...

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“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,...

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Tiare, 68 was only recently diagnosed with gout. It virtually happened overnight and came on the back of already having diabetes and heart problems. One morning, she woke up with a severely swollen thumb that felt painful. Her daughter accompanied her to...

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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...

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Arthritis New Zealand receives only a small amount of funding from government agencies – the rest comes from the kindness of individuals such as you. We are the only voice for people with arthritis; we are their advocates for better packaging, for more rheumatologists, and better access to medications not yet available in New Zealand. Will you help us by making a gift today? Click on the Donate Button and select the amount.

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