Hello and welcome!!

Hi all and welcome to Young Arthur!

I thought I might introduce myself to start with. I am 20 years old, I am about to graduate from University, I am in desperate need of a job, and I have arthritis or Arthur as I like to term it. 

I am one of approximately 27,000 people under the age of 25 living with arthritis in the UK. However, we have not been able to identify the exact type of arthritis I have. My hospital appointments are filled with terms such as "intriguing", "unusual" and "mystery" because I am not your typical individual with arthritis, in fact the way my arthritis is presenting is quite atypically; a badge I wear with pride. I am not going to go into all of the nitty gritty things about why the type of arthritis I have is not clear-cut just yet, that needs it's own post. 

This post is a wee introduction to me and this blog. Young Arthur is a place where I am going to share information about my diagnosis, about how I advocate for myself in a time where the pressures on the healthcare system are huge and ever changing, and about how I make decisions about my healthcare and medications. I want to show that it is possible to lead a very fulfilling life even with an unwelcome companion called Arthur, so that is what I will attempt to do.

The next two months are an incredibly busy time, but I want to try to post as regularly as I can. 

Take care


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