Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

asked you to ‘Be­come a Pain Killer’, ei­ther for your­self or a loved one, to help win the bat­tle against arthri­tis. Many of you did this by com­plet­ing the Na­tional Arthri­tis Survey, find­ing more about pain man­age­ment or at­tend­ing a fundrais­ing event.

I be­came a Pain Killer for my­self, and my hus­band and chil­dren all be­came a Pain Killer for me.

The pain of arthri­tis can make every­day tasks that many peo­ple take for granted ex­tremely dif­fi­cult. My hus­band helps me shower, get dressed and helps with the cook­ing. I can no longer do the things I used to love and, at 34, it’s hard to come to terms with it.

I’m proud to support Arthri­tis Re­search UK as they are ded­i­cated to stop­ping the dev­as­tat­ing ef­fect arthri­tis has on peo­ple’s lives by fund­ing life-chang­ing re­search.

I’m cer­tain that one day they will find a cure and peo­ple won’t have to live with this in­vis­i­ble pain. How­ever, the char­ity’s work will not be pos­si­ble with­out the pub­lic’s con­tin­ued support.

Na­tional Arthri­tis Week may be over but if you live with arthri­tis, there’s still time to com­plete the Na­tional Arthri­tis Survey, which will help the char­ity un­der­stand the dis­ease and its ef­fects on peo­ple’s every­day lives. You can also read and share their in­for­ma­tion on liv­ing with pain, or host a fundrais­ing event. How­ever you choose to support Arthri­tis Re­search UK, to­gether we’ll be one step closer to find­ing a cure.

To find out more about the work of Arthri­tis Re­search UK, visit www.na­tion­alarthri­tisweek.org.

CATHER­INE MAN­NING Age 34 and liv­ing with arthri­tis

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