Good old NRAS – Employment courses for UK-based RA sufferers

February 19, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Posted in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) | 6 Comments
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NRAS (the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society) are running a series of 10 UK based events helping those with RA to keep working. The workshops will be held throughout 2010 in cities all across the UK. They’re open to anyone with RA and they’re free. Each workshop will allow you to get information about talking to their employer and colleagues about RA, including:

  • sharing practical tips based on real-life experience
  • talking to experts, from employment lawyers to occupational therapists
  • finding out more about what disability law means for you
  • finding out more about handling your RA treatment and work commitments

The workshops will be held in:

  • London 24th February; Bristol 10th March;
  • Cardiff 11th March;
  • Manchester 18th May;
  • Birmingham 19th May;
  • Nottingham 20th May;
  • Glasgow 22nd June;
  • Londonderry 23rd June;
  • Portsmouth 7th July;
  • Reading 28th September.

(I don’t know what time of day – ring them and find out!)

What a surprise, there’s nothing in East Anglia. There never is. Come on guys. We’re a big bulge on the side of little ol’ England with FOUR counties in it that you’re not represented in! And yet Reading, an easy, no-changes 20 minute train ride from London, has a course! OK, whine over, back to publicising NRAS, whom I have a VERY high regard for! Maybe I’ll go the Reading one as I have friends nearby. (Yes, Maggie, that’s a hint.)

Registration is happening now, so to register or to find out more, ring them on 0845 458 3969 or visit to register on line.


“I’m Just a Girl Who Can’t Say No”

February 20, 2009 at 1:43 pm | Posted in Me, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) | 5 Comments
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Fortunately or unfortunately, I’m not quite sure which, this is not in the context of the song from Oklahoma that the quote is from. The thing I can’t seem to say no to is work!

I need to relax. I need to de-stress. I need to work less hours. I need to ‘respect my disease’ – god, that’s an awful expression, but if you’ve got RA or know someone who has then you’ll know what I mean.

So why is that when some guy rang out of the blue yesterday and asked if I could do a 9,000 letter mail merge and print run (which is BIG and not my ‘specialist subject’ either) I found myself saying ‘Yes’? He’s coming in this afternoon and I’m going into the meeting with the ridiculous attitude of ‘actually I hope he decides not to use me’. This is DUMB!

The problem with working for yourself in the kind of work I do is that you tend to always say yes when people ask for a quote, because you might be madly busy one week (or month) and dead quiet the next. I used to work from home on my own, but now I have an office and an employee I have overheads to cover (although in fairness my employee more than covers her bit of overheads!) so it’s extra stress again.

I’m wondering whether to give up the office and go back home, but clients do like a snazzy office address rather than a ‘9 Acacia Avenue’ type obviously home address! And they like, once in a while, to be able to come into the office, which I wouldn’t do if I was at home.

Then again, I’ve got this guy coming in and I don’t really want him (so to speak) so maybe that’s a plus in the home office thing.

Oh no, decisions, decisions … more stress. Wibble.

Anyone seen my marbles – I seem to have mislaid them.

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