Alicia Sotherland

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Treasurer Kay Marshall was diagnosed with rheumatoid and osteoarthritis eight years ago. It changed her life profoundly.

"People caring for loved ones with arthritis can also come and have a chat with us and get some support."

"We would love some younger people to come along. It's not fuddy duddy at all. The more the better.

"One of our talks was from an occupational therapist who was able to organise six weeks of physio for me. It really helped my balance.

Forced to give up her job as a home carer, she also began to find everyday tasks like making a cup of tea or turning a tap off became a frustrating battle.

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Now Doreen and other members are doing further training so they can start a peer support group.

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More than 10 million people in the UK have arthritis and there are more than 200 different types, though the most common are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid.

"People who come to the group can get advice and hear things they'd never thought of.

Doreen said: "The plan is that people who've been diagnosed with arthritis can come and have a one to one chat with one of us. We're not medically trained, but we know what they are going through because we've been there ourselves.

Osteoarthritis affects the joints while rheumatoid arthritis affects the bloodstream and is an auto immune disease.

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Secretary Jean Courtney, 75, was diagnosed with osteoarthritis six years ago.

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"I couldn't move properly it was awful. Mbt Trainers Repairs Uk

The Colombia grandmother said: "The main thing about the group was that it gave me some company. Before that I had nowhere to go where I live.

Kay said: "I couldn't walk so I couldn't work and I had to leave my job working with children with disabilities. It affects my wrists and hands and I couldn't go running around after the children.

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"You can get a lot of complications with arthritis, like osteoarthritis. Because I learned all the information through the group, I now take the correct calcium supplements. The things you learn in the group are very practical."

Doreen said: "I meet people all the time who've got what I've got but don't go and see a specialist to get some proper treatment.

"Some people think the meetings are going Vans Trainers Womens

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"It does make a difference. I didn't have anyone to turn to when I was Skechers Go Walk Memory Foam diagnosed, but when Dr David Coady, who is the consultant rheumatologist at Sunderland Royal, encouraged us to start the group, everything changed.

to be all doom and gloom, but we have a real laugh.

"Just talking to people with the same problems and getting all the information from arthritis care has really helped.

Wearside agony aunt Denise Robertson became a patron to the group last year, which was started following a Challenge Arthritis workshop run by Arthritis Care.

say 'no pressure, but come along if you fancy it.' When you come to the group you feel you've done something.

"It taxes your brain sometimes, which you need when you're getting older.

As well as meeting to socialise, the group also has talks from specialists.

I was so used to going to work and I missed the social aspect, which is what I've found again through the group.

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"People sometimes say 'you don't look like you have arthritis', but that's because you make an effort to get up and put your make up on and get on with things. We have the group but I think it's much harder for people who don't have something to aim for.

"I enjoyed the Challenge Arthritis course and thought it was something I could join in with. I feel much more connected now, especially when we have committee meetings.

Doreen, who lives in Lakeside Village, said: "I tell people about the group all the time and give them a leaflet. I Skechers Equalizer 2.0 On Track

The group recently celebrated its second birthday, and meets once a month at the Education Centre on Chester Road. New members are always welcome.

"Family are great, but to talk to someone going through what you're going through is really helpful. You can make suggestions, if you know something that works you can pass it on."

RHEUMATOID arthritis transformed Doreen Chard Crosby from a working grandmother into someone who struggled to climb the stairs.

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