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11th Aug 2023

Adam Thomas diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis ahead of his Strictly debut

Actor Adam Thomas has been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis weeks before his Strictly debut.

Viewers are now concerned that the Waterloo Road star won’t be able to take part in this year’s series.

However, Adam Thomas said joining Strictly will be incredible for him. The 35-year-old opened up about his condition on Instagram, admitting that he thought it was something only older people suffer from.

He reassured his fans that he won’t let it stop him from making the most of Strictly Come Dancing.


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The actor explained that he has been in quite a lot of pain since January. After undergoing several tests and visiting his doctors, Adam was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.

He confessed: “I thought that was something people, later on in their life get… but that’s not the case, clearly! It’s been a tough old year but I’m on the right plan now! Finally getting it under control. For now!”

However, Adam said some days are better than others and his diagnosis has “had a huge knock-on effect for me personally”.

He explained his condition actually inspired him to sign up for the dance competition.

“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!”

“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!” the dad added.

Adam urged others in similar situations to stay strong because the right help is out there.