National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS)

Supporting family; life with rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis impacts upon the entire family, yet there is little support and information available to this often overlooked group. Adjusting family life to include RA can be very tough. We will offer support and information to family members to lessen the negative impacts of the disease.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2012 to 5:00 PM, 19 December 2012

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1134859)

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When someone is diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) it can feel like their world has been ripped out from underneath them; what we often fail to recognise is that those close to them, feel the very same. Support is available for those living with the disease, but there aren’t many options on where to turn for their family members, who also face an impact on their lives, from the disease, and may need support and information to help them adjust.


Our 2012 survey, ‘Family Matters’, found that family members want more support and relevant information to be available to them, particularly during the early stages of a family member's diagnosis. We will develop our website, our social media portfolio and our freephone helpline to support and inform family members through the diagnosis period of a loved one and then, if necessary, onto the wider impacts RA can have on finances, domestic life, social life, relationships and wellbeing.