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