First off, many thanks to Catie for stepping forward to be a moderator. She is a great example of the old adage 'If you want something done ask a busy woman', because Catie has been involved with forums for a good long while, as well as helping to run a local group.
Anyway, we have been approached by a Sarah Mackie, a research rheumatologist, who has been invited to write an article for a GP readership on PMR. Sarah is going to be speaking at our Members' Day next week, by the way. The editors of this GP publication would like a 'box' with a patient story in it - a kind of 'My experience with PMR', in about 200 words. Thing is, what is needed is something not too atypical. In other words, somebody over 50 when diagnosed, with a fairly normal bloods profile e.g.elevated CRP and ESR, and fairly good response to steroids in terms of the PMR symptoms. Do you think you fill the bill? Could you write around 200 words about your experience of symptoms, diagnosis and treatment? We can certainly use your story in many ways, whether it is 'the one' chosen for this article or not. So if you feel up to writing a short piece, please email it to us at info@pmrgcauk, with the subject 'Sarah's box'.
Many thanks, and looking forward to reading your stories!