For those who don’t know me yet I have taken on the job of Public Relations and Press Officer at NRAS. If I’ve not said hello to you before then ‘hello’. If I have said hello to you before then ‘hello again!’
Since joining NRAS it has been made clear to me that one thing that needs to change is the distinct lack of awareness among many people across the UK of what rheumatoid arthritis is. I know there is a lack of awareness because up until the point I applied for this job, I was one of those people who lived in ignorance (something I confessed to in my last blog). I look at one of my roles as being to improve this and help increase awareness of rheumatoid arthritis among the population, highlighting the key point that it is not an old person’s condition and it is not the result of wear and tear.
We have potentially been given the opportunity to feature in a national magazine and with this comes the opportunity to get our message across that young people get RA too. For this I will need a case study featuring someone of a young age (20s/30s) and obviously the case study would need to have a story behind it – perhaps demonstrating how you overcame adversity. I would also be looking for a female as it is for a woman’s magazine – Now / Closer etc. I’m sure many of you will have read similar magazines in the past so will know the type of stories they feature.
If you are a willing volunteer then please do get in touch with me – firstname.lastname@example.org. This is an amazing opportunity for us develop a greater awareness of RA and encourage support.