Yvonne’s arthritis diagnosis story: pushing open doors

15 June 2021

Welcome back to the Versus Arthritis podcast!

The podcast is all about people with arthritis sharing their unfiltered stories. Host, Alex Greenan, speaks to a number of guests from different backgrounds and perspectives about the topics and experiences that matter to them the most: from diagnosis, exercise and movement, fatigue, pain, lifestyle changes, sex, relationships and many more aspects of life with arthritis.

Season one of The Versus Arthritis Podcast is all about the topic of diagnosis. In the first episode, Alex spoke to Tom, who was recently diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, about how it felt to receive a diagnosis after years of pain and fatigue.

Episode Two: Pushing Open Doors – Yvonne’s arthritis diagnosis story

“Somebody has solved every problem that I am going to have to face, so I don’t always have to do the solving…Instead of being a panic situation I felt ‘I’ve got my light at the end of the tunnel now’.”

Yvonne was first diagnosed with arthritis at age 11. Now 64 years old and diagnosed with widespread osteoarthritis, Raynaud’s and Sjogren’s syndrome and fibromyalgia she has learnt a lot about living life with arthritis.

Yvonne joins us on the podcast to share her diagnosis story, as well as her tips on speaking to doctors, relationships at home and more.


Yvonne’s diagnosis story

Episode transcript

If you’re not able to listen to the audio version of the podcast, we’ve made a written transcript available.

Coming up next - Alex and Sammy’s arthritis diagnosis stories

“At school I actually wasn't really allowed to do PE and stuff because my knees were just quite bad. Everyone used to always go like, 'oh, you're so lucky you don't have to run around the pitch'. In my head I was like, 'I'm really sad'. Like, 'I want to be able to get involved'… so, I kind of shut it out.”

In episode three, Alex and Sammy share their stories of diagnosis and talk about how important it is to speak to other young people with arthritis. Subscribe to the Versus Arthritis podcast to hear the full season of diagnosis stories.

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