Kids Get Arthritis Too!

One of the most frustrating comments to parents of kids with Juvenile Arthritis is “Are you sure?  That’s an elderly person’s disease!” Well, yes and no. For the uninitiated, the word “Arthritis” summons up images of hobbling elderly, gnarled fingers, and remarks about the weather in relationship to bum knees. Others may think about that […]

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The Importance of Activity

Everyone knows how important it is to stay physically fit and lead an active life. Everywhere you turn, we are being reminded to get out and get active, young and old alike. The First Lady lauched a campaign to get families moving. The NFL reminds us that kids need to “Play 60” and promotes their initiative through […]

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Getting Specific

The Arthritis Foundation is the perfect place to start doing research, making connections and getting involved in the arthritis community, but what if you are looking for something more specific? The Juvenile Arthritis Association is another non-profit that focuses specifically on pediatric rheumatologic diseases. Even though it is a young organization, the JAA has already orchestrated several exciting events […]

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Getting Support

In addition to educating yourself,  one of the first things a new JA family should do is build a support system. Everything changes after a diagnosis of juvenile arthritis, and many families find themselves struggling to adapt to their “new normal.” Aside from tapping into the resources of current friends and family, you will find […]

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Now What?

When your child is diagnosed with a serious, chronic illness like JA it can turn your entire world upside down. At the time of diagnosis, you may find yourself numb, shock and in disbelief that something like this is happening to your family. It’s not the best time to soak in the information provided by […]

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Coming Soon….

When my son Grant was diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis, it was overwhelming. I wanted more than anything for the doctors to be wrong… to wake up to find it was all a bad dream. But, it was real, and it still is. After the initial shock, I began to seek out as much information as […]

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