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Beth B.

Hi my name is Beth. I am 10 years old and live in Big Rapids, Michigan. I have a mom and dad and one sister who is almost 16. I love my sister Rebekah very much and sometimes she lets me sleep with her. 

I got sick when my grandpa (Papaw) was very sick. He had cancer. That was February 2012. After Papaw died I got more sick. I had really high fevers and lots of pain in my legs, wrist and the left hand side of my body. 

One night in March, I woke up in so much pain, I had to have my parents rush me to the hospital in the middle of the night. The doctors didn’t know what was wrong with me and why my pain was so bad. All I could do was cry. A few days passed and I had to go back to the doctor, because my fevers were bad and the pain wouldn’t go away. 

Finally, after many visits to the doctor and hospital along with many tests they said I had mono. I learned to live with the pain and high fevers because we thought that was how mono worked. Then one day, we were on a boat ride at Pictured Rocks in the upper peninsula of Michigan and I had my first rash. It was all over my legs and arms. Three weeks later, I had another rash, but this time it was just on my arms. My sister Rebekah helped me and I slept for 16 hours that day. 

On the last Friday of July, my mom, sister and I went to go see the movie Brave. During the movie my pain was so bad that I couldn’t move my legs. After the movie, I told my mom and sister to help me get up because I couldn’t move. I was crying really bad. I have never felt pain like that before.

My mom rushed me to the Traverse City hospital (we were on vacation there) and they took a lot of blood from me and told me that I had to go see a special doctor in Grand Rapids at the children’s hospital. The next day we headed home and the same thing happened again where I couldn’t move my legs. My temperature was 105 degrees. My mom and dad rushed me to the children’s hospital and the doctors said I had juvenile arthritis. 

Since the beginning of August, I have spent several days in the hospital. My arthritis is 'systemic.' For the next few months I have to have chemo treatments and have to take 3 different kinds of pills and sometimes Tylenol for my fevers. Also, a nurse will be coming to my house to give me an IV with medicine in it every other week. 

I have been through so much, but I know that God will help me and my family through this. My mom and grandma (Mamaw) have taught me about God’s love and of his power for healing. There is no cure for what I have so we also need to pray that God will allow the doctors to one day find a cure so that no child has to endure and suffer like me. 

Beth


Beth B.

Hi my name is Beth. I am 10 years old and live in Big Rapids, Michigan. I have a mom and dad and one sister who is almost 16. I love my sister Rebekah very much and sometimes she lets me sleep with her. 

I got sick when my grandpa (Papaw) was very sick. He had cancer. That was February 2012. After Papaw died I got more sick. I had really high fevers and lots of pain in my legs, wrist and the left hand side of my body. 

One night in March, I woke up in so much pain, I had to have my parents rush me to the hospital in the middle of the night. The doctors didn’t know what was wrong with me and why my pain was so bad. All I could do was cry. A few days passed and I had to go back to the doctor, because my fevers were bad and the pain wouldn’t go away. 

Finally, after many visits to the doctor and hospital along with many tests they said I had mono. I learned to live with the pain and high fevers because we thought that was how mono worked. Then one day, we were on a boat ride at Pictured Rocks in the upper peninsula of Michigan and I had my first rash. It was all over my legs and arms. Three weeks later, I had another rash, but this time it was just on my arms. My sister Rebekah helped me and I slept for 16 hours that day. 

On the last Friday of July, my mom, sister and I went to go see the movie Brave. During the movie my pain was so bad that I couldn’t move my legs. After the movie, I told my mom and sister to help me get up because I couldn’t move. I was crying really bad. I have never felt pain like that before.

My mom rushed me to the Traverse City hospital (we were on vacation there) and they took a lot of blood from me and told me that I had to go see a special doctor in Grand Rapids at the children’s hospital. The next day we headed home and the same thing happened again where I couldn’t move my legs. My temperature was 105 degrees. My mom and dad rushed me to the children’s hospital and the doctors said I had juvenile arthritis. 

Since the beginning of August, I have spent several days in the hospital. My arthritis is 'systemic.' For the next few months I have to have chemo treatments and have to take 3 different kinds of pills and sometimes Tylenol for my fevers. Also, a nurse will be coming to my house to give me an IV with medicine in it every other week. 

I have been through so much, but I know that God will help me and my family through this. My mom and grandma (Mamaw) have taught me about God’s love and of his power for healing. There is no cure for what I have so we also need to pray that God will allow the doctors to one day find a cure so that no child has to endure and suffer like me. 

Beth

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