A Keighley student is writing a regular blog to raise awareness of arthritis among young people.
Collette McColgan relates her own experiences growing up with the condition on the arthritisactually.com website.
She also writes a weekly blog for the national arthursplace.co.uk website, which offers support for children and teenagers with arthritis.
Collette, 23, is currently taking a masters degree in print journalism in Sheffield, and recently spent six months working for the National Union of Journalists.
She was inspired to start a blog after a young woman with rheumatoid arthritis – Cat Bull – carried the Olympic torch through Keighley while training to become a doctor. Cat writes the that girlwitharthritis.blogspot.co.uk blog.
Collette said: “My mum contacted Cat to go into Parkside School to do a talk.
“I started Arthritis Actually for myself. Not a lot of people know young people get arthritis – the more people who know about it the better.
“My blog has been re-tweeted by Arthritis Research, and the lady that runs arthursplace sent me a message asking me to write for them. I’ve written a few feature pieces for arthursplace and I do a weekly blog for them.”
Collette said she tried to strike a “chirpy” note with her own articles.
She explained: “Hopefully, the blog is refreshing. It can be a bad situation, but I don’t want to be seen as moaning about it. Because I got diagnosed at three, I never really had to deal with it. Some people are diagnosed as teenagers and everything changes for them.
“I’ve had periods when I don’t need medicine, then there can be a massive flame-up and I’m back on it.”