Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Week 2015

Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Week 2015

I joined Nobull at the beginning of this year following a year and a half working as the Media Officer at The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society.

Not many people know about rheumatoid arthritis (RA). I certainly didn't when I first started working there. I assumed arthritis was just 'that thing everyone's Nan gets', but after joining the organisation and speaking to real life people living with rheumatoid arthritis, I realised it was very different.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a long-term, auto-immune condition that causes pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints.There is sadly no cure and the disease can strike at any age.During my time at the charity, I met young people my age living with the disease and it was upsetting to see how much of their lives were affected by it.

Last year, I was heavily involved in Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Week 2014.It was a huge success and our team successfully raised awareness of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, fatigue being a huge part of it.The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society was featured on the BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine Show, The Daily Mail, local radio stations and we had the support of some fantastic high profile celebrities, including Craig Revel-Horwood, Jo Whiley, Jenny Agutter and actress, Claire King.The campaign was an incredible thing to be a part of and the RA community were delighted by the results in raising the profile of the charity and awareness of the condition.

Team Nobull could see how passionate I was about the awareness week and the condition, so I was absolutely thrilled when the company offered to help in 2015.Nobull will be raising awareness of RA and raising NRAS's profile on a pro bono basis.The awareness week is 15th-21st June and I would be thrilled if you could help us in supporting them by getting involved on social media with the hashtag #RuAware.We would like to raise awareness of the common misconceptions of RA and we would like the condition to be taken seriously.

NRAS have given us access to a 'simulation' rheumatoid arthritis glove to help raise awareness. These gloves are used to replicate the invisible symptoms of the disease.For example, everyday activities such as opening a tin can are extremely restricted due to stiffness, lack of mobility and pain.Here is a photo of me wearing them and trying to hold and drink a cup of tea.I know they're bulky but even trying to grip my hands on the mug caused my fingers and knuckles to ache.

It would be great if anyone reading this could get involved during the week on social media.Thank you!