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I was struck by arthritis aged just 4; ...NOW I'LL HELP RAISE CASH FOR CHARITY THAT GAVE MY LIFE BACK.


A YOUNG woman diagnosed with arthritis aged four is holding a fashion show for the charity that transformed her life.

Amy Noden, 27, a partner at Chatter Box Designer Wear & Accessories & Lingerie Box in Conwy, is busy arranging the event in next month, with proceeds going to the Arthritis Research Campaign, whose pioneering new treatment turned her life around.

While most people believe that arthritis affects only older people, Amy is living proof that this painful and debilitating disease can strike at any age.

Amy, from Conwy, was one of more than 12,000 children and young people in Britain who are diagnosed with arthritis.

By the time she was 11 Amy's symptoms disappeared but returned when she was 18.

Within six months psoriatic arthritis took over her whole body leaving her bedridden.

Psoriatic arthritis is a type of inflammatory arthritis that can affect the joints and the skin, resulting in chronic pain and immobility.

She struggled in her early adult years to come to terms with the condition and lead a normal life - running a business and attending college The turning point came when she was referred to consultant rheumatologist, Professor Peter Maddison at Ysbyty Gwynedd.

Four years ago she was put on a groundbreaking drug called Enbrel, one of a new class of therapies pioneered by medical research charity the Arthritis Research Campaign, which have transformed the lives of millions of people with inflammatory arthritis worldwide. Amy says the weekly self-injection offers her relief from pain and improved mobility. She said: "If I was not on this drug I would not be able to get out of bed. "And it doesn't make me ill like the other arthritis drugs.

"It hasn't got rid of my condition completely. I am still in pain, but nowhere near what it used to be like." FASHION SHOW THE fashion show will be held at Conwy British Legion Saturday, November 7 at 7.30pm.

Contributors include Jane Hawksworth from local Conwy Ladies Fashion and Accessories shop Flirt.

All profits will go to the Arthritis Research Campaign charity.

The show is sponsored by Chatter Box, Flirt, The Dressing Room, Sunset Club, Smart Ass Menswear, The Celtic Shop (Gothic Crypt) and 3D Hair & Beauty, all local Conwy businesses. Tickets cost pounds 3.50 from each of these shops in Conwy.

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Amy Noden from Chatterbox in Conwy is planning a charity fashion show Picture: HADYN IBALL
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Oct 8, 2009
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