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At Arthritis Care Scotland, we learn as we go and we learn from each other. As people with arthritis, we are now given a greater range of treatment options and better support to manage our symptoms more effectively, and this allows us to have greater expectations for our quality of life than ever before.

That doesn’t mean we don’t need to provide information and support, it just means that we as an organisation have to change and adapt what we do, to make sure we continue to support you in the way that is most effective for you.

We have found that the best way to learn how to manage your arthritis, and other long term conditions, is to learn from people who have the condition themselves.  People are very resourceful, and find their way round many of the obstacles that having arthritis creates on a daily basis, and sometimes in the most unexpected and humorous ways.

Our community of bloggers will share their experiences with you, and provide you with an insight into how they are managing, or sometimes not managing their lives with arthritis. I hope you find stories which resonate with your own experience, or motivate you to want to share your story.

It is also important to Arthritis Care Scotland, that we are able to represent the views of people with arthritis on the key important issues which affect them on a daily basis. The forums will provide you with plenty of opportunity to share your opinion on subjects that matter to you such as accessing treatments and services, and also be an opportunity to share useful hints and tips which can help improve your quality of life.

Most of all we hope this section makes you feel part of a bigger community of people who understand the challenges you face every day, and allows you to face them together.