Adam Thomas diagnosed with painful chronic illness ahead of Strictly debut

Waterloo Road actor Adam Thomas has revealed that he has been diagnosed with a chronic illness, after he was announced as one of the latest signings for Strictly Come Dancing.

The 35 year old dad of two celebrated his birthday with a post on Instagram, as he shared a snap of himself with his wife, Caroline, and their two children, son Teddy and daughter, Elsie-Rose.

In the post, the star revealed that he has been told that he has Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Adam wrote in his caption: "Well it’s my birthday tomorrow and I turn 35!!

"How did that happen, does this mean I should stop acting like a kid now haha

"As much as I act like a kid, my body is telling another story…

"I’ve been in a lot of pain since January, it started with my knees and then traveled to my wrists, fingers and now ankles and toes. I never knew what was happening and finally after several blood tests and back and forth to doctors and hospitals, I’ve been diagnosed with rheumatoid Arthritis!"

He continued: "I thought that was something people, later on in there life get… but that’s not the case, clearly!

"It’s been a tough old year but …

"Finally I’m on the right plan now! Finally getting it under control. For now! But some days are better than others and am not going to lie, it’s been hard not being able to train properly, it’s has had a huge knock on effect for me personally, but not only that for my family too!!

"And I just want to say thank you to @carolinethomas23 and the kids for going on this journey with me, as I know it’s been challenging and frustrating at times but hopefully we’re on the right path now!

"I don’t know too much about the condition yet as am still learning but,what i have done is learnt a lot about myself and the fact I’d be lost with out this lot!

"The reason I signed up to strictly is because I just want to be able to move again, get fit and do it, all with a smile on my face!

"It really couldn’t have come at a better time I’m a firm believer of everything happening for a reason, and I know the journey I’ve been on was meant to happen, to never take small things in life for granted! …Like going for a run, playing with my kids and just being able to walk with no pain!

"I know it’s going to be tough and I’ve definitely got my work cut out but am up for the challenge and can not wait to get on that dance floor!!

"I suppose the reason am telling you this is if anyone out there, is suffering what ever your situation… stay strong get the right help where and when you can!

"But most importantly stay positive!"

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