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Bella

It all started when I was 8 years old and I was at my gymnastics class and my coach realized that I couldn't do a handstand or cartwheels. When my mom picked me up from my class my coach told my mom what happened. And then when we went to a doctor he said I had JRA or ARTHRITIS. 

At first I was very concerned and freaked out because I had never heard about it before. My mom started taking me to A LOT of doctors, and 2 years later I'm still going to doctors who are giving me a lot of medication. And because of the medicine there is an improvement in my wrist. And now I'm in a cast because of my surgery, but if you have to get surgery ... don't worry – they put you to sleep and when you wake up there's a cast on a part of your body and you don't remember a thing when you wake up and you only have to wear it for a month or two. But if you get your cast off it will take about three or more years for the arthritis to go away. 

And remember this: other kids who are reading this, it may be annoying to have arthritis, but you will get over it. And I'm 10 years old. So I'm Bella and I approve of this message!!!!


Bella

It all started when I was 8 years old and I was at my gymnastics class and my coach realized that I couldn't do a handstand or cartwheels. When my mom picked me up from my class my coach told my mom what happened. And then when we went to a doctor he said I had JRA or ARTHRITIS. 

At first I was very concerned and freaked out because I had never heard about it before. My mom started taking me to A LOT of doctors, and 2 years later I'm still going to doctors who are giving me a lot of medication. And because of the medicine there is an improvement in my wrist. And now I'm in a cast because of my surgery, but if you have to get surgery ... don't worry – they put you to sleep and when you wake up there's a cast on a part of your body and you don't remember a thing when you wake up and you only have to wear it for a month or two. But if you get your cast off it will take about three or more years for the arthritis to go away. 

And remember this: other kids who are reading this, it may be annoying to have arthritis, but you will get over it. And I'm 10 years old. So I'm Bella and I approve of this message!!!!

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