Celebrities with arthritis
Gemma Mae Anderson, the song writer and singer whose rheumatoid arthritis inspired her first solo album discusses coming to terms with her diagnosis
Gemma Mae Anderson is from a tiny island within the Shetland Islands in Scotland. When she was 16 years old, along with her classmates Gemma had to move to mainland Shetland to complete her last two years of school. By then, she had been experiencing what she was told were “growing pains” but these became more significant while she was living away from home.
Irish sporting star, Tommy O’Donnell, is as determined off the rugby field as he is in the midst of the ruck. Patron of the Irish Children’s Arthritis Network (iCAN) for five years, Tommy successfully uses his platform to help the charity spread awareness of juvenile arthritis, create better support and reduce waiting times for essential services.
Djimbi Djevdet’s future was bright. Newly married and in her early twenties, Djimbi’s whole life was ahead of her. With just four weeks left of her teacher training PGCE qualification, Djimbi was weighing up the option of a career in management consultancy when she suddenly began to experience excruciating pain in her back and legs.Continue reading