Juvenile Arthritis Conference-Day 2, Down to Business

Day two started bright at early with a continental breakfast where we had the opportunity to sit with old and new friends. We also picked up our vouchers for the Razor scooters, t-shirts, Disney tickets and gift cards to use in the park. Then we got down to business.

We found out some very exciting information in the first general session. Besides learning about all the things the Arthritis Foundation does on a macro level, we found out that they had just launched a NEW Kids Get Arthritis Too website, just for JA while we were at the conference!

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The second general session featured a mom and daughter team that have done amazing things through the advocacy program. If you want to get involved, but aren’t sure how, advocacy is a great place to start. It is one of the areas that your voice can make a huge impact, and the amount of time and energy you put into it is up to you!  For more information on the Arthritis Ambassador program or advocacy in general, visit the Arthrtits Foundation’s “take action” page.

Although I really enjoyed the general sessions, the breakout sessions were the highlight of the day for me. There were a number of informational talks and parent roundtables with specific topics of interest. There were really too many to choose from, and I couldn’t be two places at once! At Grant’s request, I attended the systemic JA session, and another on helping your young adult to transition to self care. Both of them were excellent, but I wished that I could have also attended the sessions on understanding labs, and diet and nutrition! Luckily I have a few friends scattered through the conference, and we were able to compare notes and share information during….

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The food truck festival!  LA food trucks are well known for their amazing culinary creations, and what’s not to love? The conference brought 7 food trucks to the Hyatt parking lot, and set up tables for us to eat outside on a beautiful California day.

The kids seem to be bonding well in the children and teen sessions, and many of the boys got together during “free” dinner time for a pickup basketball game on the third floor roof recreational complex. It was really fun to watch.

Later that evening, we attended the family fun carnival, complete with a prize/toy for every child, games for all ages, music, dancing, photo booths, food, and so much more. It was a great way to end the day, but we were all exhausted after it was over!

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