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Your stories – young people with arthritis


Ben Bisset at his local football pitch

Football-mad Ben won't let arthritis keep him from his goals

Ben Bissett is a typical 14-year-old boy. Unlike most of his peers, Ben has to contend with juvenile idiopathic arthritis, but he maintains a positive outlook on life and remains active.

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Carrie Thompson at the Royal Albert Hall

Young singer determined show will go on despite arthritis

At just 22, Carrie Thompson has already had an extraordinary life. She has performed at the Royal Albert Hall and sang at international football matches. She also has rheumatoid arthritis.

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Hannah Lawrence feeding her horse Welly

'My arthritis doesn't stop me being active', says Hannah

Hannah Lawrence rides her horses every day. She's probably more active than many of her peers. But if she isn't on medication for her arthritis, she can suffer painful and debilitating flare-ups.

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Engineering student Jack McAteer is working hard for his future, despite his arthritis

Despite his arthritis, Jack is flying high

Jack McAteer was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) when he was nine. The condition has caused him a lot of pain, but he's still determined to work hard to engineer a great future for himself.

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Simon Stones has had arthritis since he was three and he is embarking on a research career

'Having arthritis since three has led me to research career'

Simon Stones has lived with arthritis since the age of three. He had to contend with a considerable amount of pain, but despite this he did extremely well at school and is now studying the condition he has had all his life.

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