Now’s News Editor Jessica Boulton shares the emotional reason behind Now magazine's biggest challenge

It was three years ago almost to the day when my mum woke with a seizure in the middle of the night.

Her life would not be the same again.

In seconds, she had gone from being able to walk miles each day to barely being able to move. She couldn’t walk, get up or down the stairs, hold a cup of tea, nothing.

The doctors told us it was rheumatoid arthritis, a condition we thought we understood – but really we didn’t have a clue about.

Far from the common preconception that it’s a few creaky bones or a condition that affects OAPs, it’s actually very nasty autoimmune disease where the body attacks the joints and the organs.

It’s chronic and incurable and leaves sufferers in intense pain. What’s more it can affect anyone, at any age, at any time.

Neither my mum or I will forget the night we had to call 999 begging for some morphine to help ease the pain.

But what’s hardest to cope with is the misconceptions about the disease. So many people think it’s to do with achy bones and some even claim to have it when they haven’t really got a clue what sufferers go through.

That’s why Now magazine has chosen to support The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society when we run London’s Royal Parks half marathon on Sunday.

The charity have been a massive support to my mum and others like her, including many women in their 20s and 30s. They also fight to raise awareness and help research.

I’ve been candidly honest in my blogs and you’ll see as a size 20-something, running is not my forte.

But after my mum offered to walk the last five metres across the finish line with me if I did it, there was no way I could not give it a shot.

Jess and the Now team are running in aid of the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, for more information visit

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