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Date: 28.12.2011
From: Abi

Subject: Finally some understanding

Hello one and all!
Im Abi im 22, i had JRA as a child, at the age of 7 i was given the all clear :)
last year i began to feel achey in the mornings and found it difficult to walk, i have now been told my JRA is back and active in 7 joints at a rapid rate, i find it so hard to talk to people as they assume RA is something that only happens to older people (stigma!!) so im just looking to speak to some people who share the condtion and dont look me like im different!!
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Date: 28.12.2011
From: marlene

Subject: Re: Finally some understanding

Hi Abi, i know what you are saying people think any arthritis is for old people I have OA and have had this condition from my 30s hardly old.
Plenty of the guys on here are young also. You are not different at all. Just another one of us who have to deal with pain every day. Remember that fact that you deal with it makes you strong mentaly and physicaly.You Take Care best wishes and remember when you want to ask something or even just want a bit of support we are all here for you.
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Date: 28.12.2011
From: Colin

Subject: Re: Finally some understanding

hi Abi

sorry the RA playing up , there is a lot better treatment for RA now compared to 15 years ago & lot better controled so hope they can sort you with some thing that helps
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Date: 28.12.2011
From: davina

Subject: Re: Finally some understanding

hi abi i know what you mean i'm 31 on the 2nd jan and everyone i tell its ra they just say "your too young to have that, arn't you"
NO!!!! i wish
we are here for you just let out all your worries and rambles, we are going through the mill too. hope you are seeing a rheumy and get some meds that will help.
take care. x
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Date: 28.12.2011
From: Abi

Subject: Re: Finally some understanding

Hey All,

Start my meds after xmas, as they cause sickness etc, so was told to enjoy xmas first!!
and yes, there seems to be so much more to help RA now then when i was a child, feeling a bit more positive already :)

Abi x
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Date: 28.12.2011
From: marlene

Subject: Re: Finally some understanding

Good for you Abi, glad you feel more positive. Have a good new year!!!!
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Date: 29.12.2011
From: Abi

Subject: Re: Finally some understanding

Thank you :) going to enjoy the next few days! thanks again peeps
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Date: 02.01.2012
From: Claire

Subject: Re: Finally some understanding

Hi Abi,
Im 23 and have had RA since the age of 2. I hope it helps to know that there are other young people around with it. If you ever want to chat or let your hair down with a bottle of wine then feel free to contact me.
My email address is hillc0407@hotmail.co.uk

Look forward to hearing from you and hope you've had a fab christmas and new year

Claire xxx
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