Joint Journey — Jemma Newman

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Jemma Newman is a writer and artist living in sunny Perth, Australia. In a surprise life twist, Jemma and her husband were both diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis in their mid-30s. Her column, “Joint Journey,” combines a carer’s perspective and personal insights, exploring the realities and challenges of dealing with this joint-wreaking autoimmune disease. Jemma is determined not only to survive, but thrive. To put a delighted smile on Jemma’s face, hand her a paintbrush or a hot coffee, preferably at the same time.