Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease that attacks the joints. There is not a ton of information out there about what it’s really like living with this disease. When I was about 6 years old I was given the diagnosis and now I’m an adult. I used to be very embarrassed about letting anyone know that I had JRA and would not talk about it. Now I hope by sharing what I deal with I can keep somebody else from ever feeling weird about having arthritis, any other disease, or by just being different. I call it my “Twisted Gift” because having arthritis has forced me to look at life in a way that I might not have otherwise.
Some days you will feel great and some days you won’t. But that’s normal for anyone with or without a disease. There are also thousands of worse diseases that people must live with. Sometimes when I really feel achy and frustrated, I consider the junk that other people are facing and realize that I’m not so bad off after all.
Holler at me and share your thoughts! Thanks for reading. -pm