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Emma has rheumatoid arthritis. She won’t get better with time – only worse and I don’t want Emma to face her diagnosis alone.

“The world kept spinning around me, ‘you have rheumatoid arthritis, and there is no cure.’” I can’t imagine how it must have felt for Emma to hear those fateful words. In an instant her life was changed forever.

“I felt like someone had shattered my life and sentenced me to a life of pain and I might not get better over time.” That’s why I’m writing you a letter to ask for your help. Emma has bravely asked me to share her story with you because she knows that with the right support at the right time, people living with arthritis can achieve great things.

Please make a donation today so that people like Emma don’t have to face an arthritis diagnosis alone. Your gift will assist in funding our health educators to answer calls on our Information line so that there’s always someone there to talk to and answer those difficult questions.

That’s why your help today is so important. Please send a special gift so that people like Emma can access compassionate support when they need it most

Like so many people living with arthritis, Emma’s journey has been long and painful and very at times very frustrating. It first started with Emma suffering terrible pain in her hips. The idea that it could be arthritis never crossed Emma’s mind. Emma was just 19 years old at the time and she had visited specialist after specialist, and been through test after test but nothing helped and no answers were found.

The pain kept getting worse. Emma would wake up in pain every morning, sometimes unable to move. She struggled with simple tasks such as brushing her hair. Finally, Emma’s GP referred her to a rheumatologist. She was 27 years old.

“Initially I felt relieved. Having a diagnosis meant the end to the years of pain I had experienced, but then I was told there is no cure. And that I would have to live with this condition for the rest of my life.”

It can be truly terrifying to receive an arthritis diagnosis. In an instant your world is turned upside down. It can be hard to know who to turn to for answers. 

You have the power to help people like Emma to learn to cope with the pain of their arthritis, and know that there’s always someone there to turn to.  By giving a gift today, you will help fund vital services like our Infoline, research, and self-management courses and seminars.

The self-management courses and seminars assist people like Emma to better manage their condition and improve their quality of life. As you know, there is no better source of comfort and strength than talking to people who are going through the same thing as you.

Every time you give a gift, you are showing people like Emma that you care.

“I phoned the Arthritis Foundation Infoline and was given a ‘Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis’ booklet a few months after my diagnosis. This type of support was the biggest help and for the first time I did not feel alone.”

It is only with your continued generosity that Arthritis South Australia can be there to answer difficult questions, and provide practical and emotional support to people like Emma when they need it.

Every donation counts, especially yours. Whatever amount you can give, is helping to make someone’s life, like Emma’s, a little easier.

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