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Thanks for being a pain killer.

ON behalf of Arthritis Research UK and people living with arthritis I would like to thank everyone who Became a Pain Killer during National Arthritis Week (October 12-19).

Arthritis holds 10 million people in the grip of excruciating pain, including myself. This pain can be invisible and too often dismissed as minor aches and pains. However, in reality arthritis is the biggest cause of pain and disability in the UK, affecting people of all ages.

Arthritis Research UK believes everyone has a right to live a pain-free life. This year the charity asked you to Become a Pain Killer either for yourself or a loved one to help win the battle against arthritis. Many of you did this by completing the National Arthritis Survey, finding more about pain management or attending a fundraising event. I became a Pain Killer for myself, while my husband and children all became a Pain Killer for me.

I'm certain that one day they will find a cure and people with arthritis, like me, won't have to live with this invisible pain. However, the charity's work will not be possible without the public's continued support.

National Arthritis Week may be over but if you live with arthritis there's still time to fill out the National Arthritis Survey which will help the charity understand the disease and its effects on people's lives. You can also read and share their information on living with pain, or host a fundraising event. However you choose to support Arthritis Research UK, together we'll be one step closer to finding a cure. To find out more about the work of Arthritis Research UK please visit: www. Catherine Manning, by email

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
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Date:Oct 27, 2014
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