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  • What We Do
    can be broken down broadly into 7 different areas We are working on a cure together We are taking control together We are supporting children with arthritis together We are bringing a community together We are creating a better understanding

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  • We are working on a cure together
    donations community fundraising corporate sponsorship and grants to create two research centres Working together these two world class centres will support and enhance all rheumatology research efforts throughout the country and position Ireland at the forefront of rheumatology internationally Although this represents a major step forward the true val ue of these centres will only be realised when we see the results of this research leading to new discoveries when

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  • Anna Nolan-Pang - Arthritis Ireland
    was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis JA at age 2 when treatments were less advanced and her future looked bleak Here she recounts her experience of the disease and outlines the importance and impact of research As a child I was in and out of flares all the time It meant I missed a lot of school My mum explained to my teachers about the arthritis but I was never able to tell my friends I was just too embarrassed As far as I was concerned arthritis was an old person s disease so why did I have it Looking back now I wish I d been able to tell people sooner It was only when I took part in the Arthritis Ireland calendar campaign in 2005 that I met other young people with arthritis and I started to gain confidence about being a young girl living with JA After that campaign I wasn t afraid to talk about it anymore It really changed my life Today I m doing OK I d like to say I m great but the arthritis is still there every day Right now I m doing nursing and currently on my placement in St Vincent s Hospital It s hard going but I really do love it Obviously it s quite physical and sometimes the arthritis gets in the way but I m determined to do it Looking back on my childhood now the level of understanding and treatments available really made it like a different world If you were diagnosed with inflammatory arthritis you faced an uncertain future and there were genuine fears that you d end up in a wheelchair We ve come a long way since then and that s largely thanks to discoveries through research Arthritis Ireland investing in research today

    Original URL path: http://www.arthritisireland.ie/index.cfm?spKey=about_us.what_we_do.working_on_a_cure.anna_nolan_pang&resetcache=1&cachelist= (2016-02-07)
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  • We are taking control together
    reducing pain people reported less fatigue and improvements to how they manage their arthritis They take regular exercise and have increased their knowledge of their condition The cost to Arthritis Ireland of delivering the programme works out at 60 per person but in turn healthcare system costs are reduced In our study patients reported a 25 reduction in visits to GPs fewer emergency department visits fewer visits to the hospital clinic and fewer overnight hospital stays In fact over the last seven years every 1 spent on our self management programme has resulted in a 4 saving for the HSE The programme is supported by an annual HSE grant and funds raised through the Arthritis Ireland branch network Click here to visit our self management hub Informing to enlighten G athering knowledge and learning about your arthritis puts you in a position of control Becoming an expert on arthritis its symptoms the treatments available and how it can affect your life is the first step toward becoming a good self manager In 2013 we reached a total of almost 100 000 people with booklet orders and downloads and more than 133 000 people through our website No matter what age you are or where you live we try to make the information you need accessible to you We provide information on a wide variety of issues and through a range of different channels including our website information booklets in rheumatology clinics through our helpline and at events in local communities Click here to visit our information hub Listening to comfort A s well as providing information services such as the National Helpline also provide callers with vital emotional support The helpline volunteers who are all living with arthritis are there to listen no matter how big or small the issue

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  • Peter Boyd - Arthritis Ireland
    was diagnosed with fibromyalgia An invisible illness of chronic pain fatigue and stiffness it was a difficult condition to come to terms with Since then he has also been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis For a long time I felt trapped by my physical symptoms and beaten down by the emotional onslaught It s been said that in space no one can hear you scream Well confronted by fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis no matter how hard I screamed no one saw understood or heard the pain fatigue and exhaustion I was feeling This is where the support of the Living Well with Arthritis course stepped in to help me This self management course introduced me to others with the same problems and who were the same age as me I was no longer so isolated and I had a massive support network to tap into I learned how to manage my pain and deal with the negative feelings that accompany arthritis and fibromyalgia I have since gone on to become a self management Leader so that I can pass on to others the skills that have helped me to manage my condition better Arthritis Ireland on Facebook Arthritis Ireland on Twitter

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  • We are supporting children with arthritis together
    it extremely difficult too Families want a normal childhood for their child and our JA programme has been specially tailored to help achieve that The JA services that made a big difference in the last two years A dedicated JA Helpline which took almost 500 calls A constant presence in the juvenile arthritis clinic in Our Lady s Children s Hospital Crumlin meeting 35 40 families each week JA Family

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  • Eva Shanahan - Arthritis Ireland
    Data Protection Statement Contact Us Home Our Work What We Do Supporting Children Eva Shanahan Eva Shanahan aged 5 print version send to a friend share on facebook The first sign of arthritis in Eva Shanahan 5 was a swollen knee when she was only 17 months old Then she got very sick and was vomiting a lot It was a very worrying time for parents Barbara and Alex Eventually Eva was seen by the paediatric rheumatologist in Crumlin Hospital Barbara recalls the day that Eva s JA was diagnosed It was a very traumatic time but getting the diagnosis was a relief That may sound odd but it meant that we had been assigned an area and Eva could get the treatment she needed When you hear the word arthritis you immediately fear that it could consume her whole body because we had heard horror stories You become concerned as to how she is going to live day to day Eva was given joint injections of steroids and also non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs NSAIDs to treat it and that has worked well to keep it under control Being part of Arthritis Ireland has also been a brilliant help The family days where you get to meet other parents and children just like yours are brilliant Having Laura Arthritis Ireland Youth and Family officer as a touch point who you know is there for you is really reassuring and the regular communications like the e zine give you comfort to know the support network is always there Arthritis Ireland on Facebook Arthritis Ireland on Twitter Arthritis Ireland on YouTube Arthritis Ireland on Google Plus Arthritis Ireland on LinkedIn Quicklinks Information About Arthritis Treatments Care Self Management Arthritis Your Life Booklets Exercise Medical Cards Other Resources Helpline Let s Talk

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  • Carmel Smith - Arthritis Ireland
    a hip replaced and was worried that her mobility would be reduced after the surgeries After her experience with Arthritis Ireland s self management programme Carmel was inspired to become a helpline volunteer and walking group leader The first sign of arthritis for me was in my knee The pain was sometimes so bad that it would wake me up in the middle of the night When I went to the doctor I was told I d need both my knees replaced I was 61 at the time and I was determined not to do so Through the years I d heard a lot of horror stories about surgery and I didn t want to put myself through that I persevered for a while but eventually my doctor insisted on the surgery I reluctantly agreed With all of these surgeries you have a period of rehabilitation and I was determined for arthritis not to have a major impact on my life That s why I kept at the physio the whole way through and kept walking I think that made all the difference in the long time success of the surgeries It was something I learned when I did Arthritis Ireland s Living Well with Arthritis self management programme It was there I realised that how you manage your lifestyle can have a big impact on your arthritis It actually inspired me to get involved with Arthritis Ireland because I felt that since this had helped me so much I wanted to pass on that help to others I trained as a helpline volunteer and also set up a walking group in Tallaght that meets every week It s great to be able to help out others who are in a similar situation to you Arthritis Ireland on Facebook Arthritis

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