1. Juvenile arthritis is not your fault
The doctors who look into why diseases happen are still figuring out what causes arthritis (we wish they’d hurry up!), but here’s one thing they do know for sure: If you have arthritis it is not your fault. You didn’t get it from something you did or didn’t do. There is no real known cause.
Dealing with Why Me?
2. Juvenile arthritis is not catching
You can’t give arthritis to your friend at school or to the neighbor you ride bikes with. Arthritis isn’t contagious (it doesn’t spread) like the flu.
3. Juvenile arthritis is not on anyone’s wish list, but …
It’s true that nobody wants to have arthritis. But it’s also true that some diseases are life threatening (cancer, for example), and arthritis is not one of them. Arthritis also is not likely to shorten your life or make you age faster.
JA is sometimes tough to handle. It might stop you from doing everything you want to do. But every type can be treated. Many kids who have JA dance, play sports and play musical instruments. They try new activities and reach new goals. With treatment, you will, too!