Welcome to “Our Conditions, Our lives” – a podcast for young people, by young people talking about Arthritis and related conditions and how we live our lives.
In this podcast you’ll hear from young people of all different ages across Scotland with different musculoskeletal conditions
We’ll be sharing our personal stories, what we’ve learned on our journeys so far and where we want to go next.
We’ve come together with the help of the young people and families service at Scotland Versus Arthritis to have our voices heard and connect across the nation.
In this bonus episode, staff member Jay, volunteer Charlotte and participant Carrie discuss their experiences of coming out as a teenager while navigating their conditions. They chat about the similarities in the process of acceptance for their bodies, their gender and their sexualities and how finding community and peers was vital on their journey. We also hear from Kiana at the very start who tells us about what Pride month means to her and why she thinks it is important.
Happy Pride Listeners!
Choosing My Path: Careers and Advocating for Yourself
In this episode Megan and Cassidy talk us through their early career choices and how they have been impacted by their conditions and both found their way through unconventional routes. They discuss how important it is to learn to advocate for yourself and ask for help from teachers, employers and colleagues in order to succeed and not to listen to negative voices.
Relationships and my illness: a peek behind the curtain
In this week's episode Cara and Steph talk about the impact that their conditions have had on their relationships with friends and family. They both interview a close friend and discuss their condition openly, in Steph's case for the first time. Both Cara and Steph talk about how useful and important it is to have the confidence to communicate with friends and family about your health and happiness and that having friends with similar life experience and diagnosis is really helpful.
Creativity and Pain Distraction
In this episode, learn from Verity and Jess as they talk about how their artforms help them to manage their pain. Jess tells us about how she loves to sing and how her choir has helped her to grow in confidence. Verity explains how learning about make-up and practicing techniques helps to lift her mood and express herself.
You will also hear from Alice and Jay from the Versus Arthritis staff team who talk about their project Joint Creativity - a self management and art project for young people with arthritis and related conditions.
Sports and my Condition
Welcome to episode two of Our Conditions, Our Lives. In this episode Eva, Alasdair and Evan talk about their experiences of sport and training and how they have adapted since being diagnosed with their conditions.
Eva tells us about how she has started longboarding and how her friends and family support her with her Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Alasdair talks about running and how since being diagnosed with a neurological condition he's had to listen to his body and work on his communication with his coaches. Evan shares with us an interview he conducted with his swim coach about how they have worked together to continue his training since being diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.
We hope you enjoy!
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School and my Condition
In our first episode of the podcast, Lucy and Skye share personal stories of their struggles and triumphs in school. They talk about changing schools, telling friends and working with supportive and not so supportive teachers. They explain that they wish people understood that arthritis is not just for 'old people' and that some days are worse than others.
If you have any concerns, comments or need support please get in touch with us on Instagram @YPFScotland, Facebook (Too young for arthritis? Scotland) or by email to YPFSClinicTeam@Versusarthritis.org.