Friends and relationships

Here's some websites and publications which may be helpful to young adults with JIA.

National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) - Emotions, Relationships and Sexuality

The NRAS website has lots of information on this subject which is also helpful for young people with JIA.

How to Tell People You Have Arthritis - by the Arthritis Foundation

Provides tips on how to succinctly and comfortably discuss arthritis, when you have only a few moments using the “elevator speech,” format, which is a concise summary of what you want to say that takes no more time than an elevator ride. It includes tips such as giving specifics, and using the tone of your voice.

Young People - Arthritis Research UK

This section is aimed at young people with arthritis (aged 13–20). There's basic information about juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), what to expect from the condition, its treatments, advice about growing up with arthritis and where to go for more information. 

To Tell or Not to Tell You Have Arthritis - by the Arthritis Foundation

Provides three personal stories of individuals and how they told others about having arthritis and also includes psychologist’s comments.

How to tell your date you have arthritis - Arthur's Place

Telling someone that you have arthritis is always quite tricky, but particularly when that person is a new love interest. Collette McColgan helps out. 

Centre for Adolescent Rheumatology - Arthritis Research UK and University College Hospital 

Features videos of young people with arthritis and other rheumatic problems such as lupus talking about their experience and of being diagnosed with and living with arthritis and their engagement with research.