Hi there everyone, hope you are all not too bad pain wise today! I have noticed that currently there is nothing set up in the manchester area for young people with arthritis in terms of support or social gatherings. With the help of arthritis care i am looking to start a group particularly for young people, although anyone is welcome, as the most difficult thing i have found since being diagnosed is feeling like you are the only one at a young age.
I am 22 with chronic RA and know that it would really help me to seek out others in the area that are going through the same things i am. This will be a group based around support, so we can have good chats/moans about aches and pains and find out how each of us cope and share tips on how to get on with day to day life which i know is hard on anyone let alone younger people who want to go out and socialise, have to continue with school/college/uni or are just stepping out into the world of work like me.
It will also be a chance to have some fun! It will really be about us and what we want to do. This could mean popping out for a drink (not necessarily alcoholic!) Doing activities (that we are all capable of) or even getting in pros to each us how to exercise (even a few games on the wii perhaps!)
Please let me know if you live in the area and are interested in what i am doing, even if it doesnt sound like your cuppa tea let me know why and suggest what you would like in terms of support or social gatherings for people in similar circumstances.
Thanks to you all, i appreciate your support and hopefully we can get something started following your feedback.