Mary’s story is fea­tured in book

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

A LO­CAL artist’s story has been in­cluded in a new book about the ex­pe­ri­ence of liv­ing with rheuma­toid arthri­tis.

Mary Whe­lan’s story is among those that has been col­lected in ‘My RA Story: per­sonal ac­counts of liv­ing with rheuma­toid arthri­tis (RA)’.

With an in­tro­duc­tion by writer Sinead Mo­ri­arty, My RA Story is a col­lec­tion of ac­counts by peo­ple liv­ing with RA of the im­pact of this dis­ease on their lives. The con­trib­u­tors wrote about the phys­i­cal and emo­tional im­pact of the con­di­tion and how lives, ca­reers and fam­i­lies are of­ten ir­re­vo­ca­bly changed as a re­sult of the di­ag­no­sis. It is not all grim, how­ever, as in com­ing to terms with this con­di­tion peo­ple learn how to deal with ad­ver­sity, be­come more present in their own lives, learn what is im­por­tant and find hope.

The book was launched at a re­cent event in the Na­tional Li­brary at­tended by con­trib­u­tors, Sinead Mo­ri­arty and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Arthri­tis Ire­land.

My RA Story costs €15 with all pro­ceeds go­ing to Arthri­tis Ire­land.

Mary Whe­lan with au­thor Sinead Mo­ri­arty.

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