Years later, not only is Emily living well with arthritis, but her Instagram account has amassed more than 18,000 followers.
Emily said: “I wish I could go back to my younger self and tell her in seven years time she would be public about living with arthritis.”
Emily hopes to inspire all her followers to “genuinely live better with arthritis from day to day”.
She added: “As I say in my book, if you have to live with someone 24 seven, seven days a week, 365 days a year, you have to look at them and learn how to live with them, rather than making them your enemy.
“That’s how I think about arthritis now. I look at ways to live with arthritis.”
For Emily, it took making drastic changes to her diet to get on top of her arthritis and feel more “empowered” about her day-to-day management of the condition.
She’s even found a passion for cooking new recipes and enjoying different foods, whereas before she relied on “bland” ready meals and oven foods.