When Candida Doyle was 16, she was told that by 30 she would be in a wheelchair.
The shocking news came after she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, a long-term condition that causes pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints.
But instead of letting the diagnoses get you down, he followed her musical dream.
Four years later, she played keyboards with the rock band Pulp, which had hits like Common People and Disco 200.
But against the backdrop of sold-out tours and TV appearances, Candida’s condition and how to deal with it was always on the back of her mind.
The musician told Metro.co.uk: “I remember sitting in a hospital waiting room when I was 16 and just been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
“I was told that by the time I was 30 I would be in a wheelchair. Instead, I joined the rock band Pulp.
“It felt like a condition that should only affect older people; I wasn’t old. I remember saying to myself, “People with arthritis don’t go to Top of the Pops.”
“At the time I felt there was a stigma attached to the word ‘disability’.
Candida shared her experiences with arthritis to mark World Arthritis Day.
Arthritis is the leading cause of pain and disability nationwide and can affect people of all ages.
Today October 12th highlights the work of charities like Arthritis Action to help people across the country come to terms with new diagnoses and feel confident in adjusting their lives with the right support.
Candida added: “I want to show people, especially young people with rheumatoid arthritis, that a diagnosis of arthritis doesn’t have to mean the end of all possibilities and adventures in life.
“In 2000, I became a lifetime member of Arthritis Action as I struggled to come to terms with the changes in my body.
“Her regular group meetings provided me with a support network I could trust, and with the help of her nutritionist and fitness expert, I found a diet and exercise routine that kept me moving and reduced pain.”
Candida hasn’t let her condition keep her off the stage. Since Pulp went on hiatus in 2002, Doyle has occasionally performed live with Jarvis Cocker, who still plays keyboards.
The band will return to the stage on a UK tour next year.
Candida will also be sharing more of her experiences and how she has learned to manage her arthritis with Arthritis Action in a call to action on Radio 4 during the week surrounding World Arthritis Day.
The 59-year-old is one of more than 10 million people in the UK living with arthritis – almost 1 in 6 of all people in the country.
There is no single cause of arthritis as there are so many different types that can affect a person.
However, there are a number of important factors that can help reduce symptoms of the condition, including maintaining a healthy weight and exercising regularly to build the muscles that protect and support your joints.
With the NHS stretched more than ever, Arthritis Action is urging that more is done to prioritize arthritis and support those living with it.
Shantel Irwin, CEO of Arthritis Action, told Metro.co.uk: “Although as many people as Candida live with the disease, there is still a lack of awareness of the effects of arthritis among the general public.
“At Arthritis Action, we provide support and information to help people self-manage their disease and live healthier lives with arthritis.
“On World Arthritis Day, we want those affected to know that they are not alone and that support is available.
“With over 10 million people in the country living with the debilitating effects of arthritis, we urge the health community to prioritize the condition and make it a national health priority for years to come.”
The road to an arthritis diagnosis can be a long one. Almost one in four people ages 25 to 65 living with arthritis report having pain or discomfort for over five years before finally being diagnosed.
And this is more often the case for people in lower socioeconomic groups.
Earlier this year Metro.co.uk spoke to Jack Gaskin, 39, who was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis aged 33.
His condition was so bad that his fingernails and toenails started falling off, causing great mental and physical torment.
Jack, who is supported by Arthritis Action, had said: “There is no cure for psoriatic arthritis, all you can do is keep it at bay. You have to find ways to stay positive because some days it can get you down, there are days when my energy is gone.
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