Free course helps to fight back against arthritis

Nancy Toner. INBM41-13
Nancy Toner. INBM41-13

Ballycastle and Ballymoney are to host a ‘Challenging Arthritis’ course which, one woman says, changed her life.

Arthritis Care Northern Ireland is running a six week self-management course commencing in Ballycastle Golf Club and Ballymoney Social Community Centre on Tuesday 29 October 2013 from 10.30am – 1pm. These courses have been funded by the Health and Social Care Board (North).

Challenging Arthritis is a FREE course for anyone over 18 years living with the pain of arthritis.

All the sessions are run by volunteers who have arthritis themselves, they know first-hand how debilitating this condition can be.

Nancy Toner, a Challenging Arthritis course leader said, “I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when I was sixteen. For many years I was completely in the dark and very frightened about what was happening to my body. Any information for a patient was often very difficult to come by. Years of hospital appointments, trial and error with various medications, culminated in my first joint replacement at the age of 39.”

“In 2003, I saw an advert for Challenging Arthritis. This was a turning point in my life. Going on the course enabled me to meet other people who had exactly the same pain and problems that I had been living with so many years.”

To book contact Yvonne on 028 9078 2940 or