This is a blog by Collette. She was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis at the age of three, back in October 1993.
Since then she’s been on all kinds of treatments – from steroids to growth hormones – and seen all kinds of doctors – from dieticians to surgeons. She goes to rheumatology clinics where everyone is about 40 years older than her. She’s pencilled in for three joint replacements at some point in the future.
People tend to think that arthritis is a disease that only affects the elderly, and Collette would like to change that. She has literally no medical expertise but tends to have a lot to say about most things, and one advantage of having arthritis for over 20 years is a whole lot of anecdotes. This is a blog to share them – all with the best intention to increase awareness of childhood arthritis.
When she’s not moaning about her joints and drug side effects, Collette works as a press officer at a law firm and sometimes writes over at Arthur’s Place. She lives in Sheffield with her boyfriend, Mike, and cat, Bowie. She likes eyeliner, chips, tea, wine, reading the news, having opinions on things, and gin.