I have finally got here - HELLO!

Annana15 Member Posts: 2
edited 28. Nov 2023, 14:08 in Living with arthritis

Just popped by to say hi. never knew this was here but, I am pleased to have found it. Find it hard to talk about myself, so please give me time. ☺️


  • PeterJ
    PeterJ Administrator Posts: 905

    Hello @Annana15 and welcome to the community. We are a friendly and supportive group and I hope that you find that as well.

    The community has many discussions some about how arthritis is affecting us, some on medication and treatments, and some just general chit-chat from people in similar situations to ourselves. Have a look and join in when you feel ready, and also, when you feel like it, start to share a bit about how arthritis is affecting you. Our website also has a lot of useful information and I would recommend having a look around it. To help I've put a couple of links in below which may be of interest.

    Please do keep posting and join in some of the discussions on the community and I am sure that others will connect with you to share their support and experience as well

    With very best wishes


    Need more help? - call our Helpline on 0800 5200 520 Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm

  • Lilymary
    Lilymary Member Posts: 1,742

    Hi @Annana15 and welcome to this lovely friendly forum. There's no pressure to tell all, just chip in when you feel you want to. xx

  • frogmorton
    frogmorton Member Posts: 29,563

    Hi @Annana15

    A quick hello and welcome from me too. Just join in and read if that's all you are comfortable with for now. No need to bare your soul just yet.

    We are a nice bunch here and happy to help if we can and listen to any tips you have too😊

    Take care

    Toni x

  • CCM
    CCM Member Posts: 113

    Welcome from me too, @Annana15.

    Talking about ourselves and "sharing" is not something us Brits take to easily.

    However, it can help. When somebody responds "Oh yes, I remember that, I coped it with it by......... it all becomes worthwhile.

    Best of luck.


  • alexander1
    alexander1 Member Posts: 70

    It is hard to verbalise( I always end up feeling upset) or write about your condition and how you feel. For me writing is easier.

    just whenever you feel like reaching out put a couple of lines out there.

    it took me 18 months to actually claim pip

    2 years before applying for blue badge etc.

    it takes time and I have had to overcome huge embarrassment and my daughter is my carer and takes me around in a wheelchair or scooter.

    take care