Time2Work Guest Highlights | Rheumatoid Arthritis and Work

Time2Work Guest Highlights | Rheumatoid Arthritis and Work


I’ve never been to an event before and I was very anxious to come to an event because I find to understand my condition better, it’s good to talk to people who’ve got the condition. And that’s why I came here today. I found it very, very useful. It’s been a really great experience coming along to the talk this afternoon. Having RA and running my own business is quite a challenge. And I think that what’s been really good about what I’ve seen today is although there isn’t nearly enough support for people that are falling out of work, because of RA, there are organisations that really are starting to see the benefit of supporting people like us with long term conditions. I was really shocked that some people have actually lost their job because they have rheumatoid arthritis. And I think it’s going to be really good to raise awareness with the films that you’ve made. And I only hope that some employers, see those films and listen to that lady who spoke about, the fact that her employer gives her time off, to take her child to appointments; because I really do believe that if you treat your employees like that you get so much more out of them. I’m still a bit shy about saying hey I’ve got RA and I know when you’re younger and… the two talkers today, Kyla and Kate. I realised when you’re much younger and starting out in life, it’s easier to be a bit more open. I’m still working and I hope to work up to 70. And basically, it’s very, very important to me because, any time I’ve had a problem at work; like for example, I’ve had a problem with the air conditioning I’d say, my arthritis is causing me problems. I don’t say RA because people don’t understand RA, they think arthritis, oh it’s because of my age… He’s just moaning. I think it’s really great that this is going to go out on world arthritis day, across Europe. In collaboration with EULAR to raise awareness, about some of the difficulties and obstacles that patients with rheumatoid arthritis face, when they’re trying to carry on working, alongside their condition.

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