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Savannah S.

Hi my name is Savannah and I am 10ys old. And I have JIA and I have to take medicine to keep my arthritis under control just like most people with arthritis. 

I am just like an everyday kid except I take medicine when I get up in the morning and when I go to bed. It took 6 months to find out I have JIA. I went to tons and tons of doctors and on 2/22/2013 I went to the rheumatologist and they told me what I had. And they also told me things I should do, like go swimming 5 times a week and ride my bike all the time to normal things. 

Before I found out I had JIA I was sick as dog. I was tired every day. I was so tired one day I was asleep for 17 hours – that was most of the day! And sometimes I would get so sick I would have to stay home. Sometimes I could feel fine one day and the next I would be in bed sick. But now that I have found out what I have I cannot be sick at all unless I get sick with something that is going around. I know that I will still get sick sometimes and feel bad from my JIA, but I hope I won't be sick all the time like I have been. 

Now that I know what I have it makes it easier for me to go out and play with my friends and I don't have to miss out on all the fun. Now I can go to sleepovers and have my friends over because I was always too sick before. Now I will be able to go outside and play and do what all the other kids do. Even though I just started my medicine I think I'm already feeling better, maybe just having an answer makes me better too.


Savannah S.

Hi my name is Savannah and I am 10ys old. And I have JIA and I have to take medicine to keep my arthritis under control just like most people with arthritis. 

I am just like an everyday kid except I take medicine when I get up in the morning and when I go to bed. It took 6 months to find out I have JIA. I went to tons and tons of doctors and on 2/22/2013 I went to the rheumatologist and they told me what I had. And they also told me things I should do, like go swimming 5 times a week and ride my bike all the time to normal things. 

Before I found out I had JIA I was sick as dog. I was tired every day. I was so tired one day I was asleep for 17 hours – that was most of the day! And sometimes I would get so sick I would have to stay home. Sometimes I could feel fine one day and the next I would be in bed sick. But now that I have found out what I have I cannot be sick at all unless I get sick with something that is going around. I know that I will still get sick sometimes and feel bad from my JIA, but I hope I won't be sick all the time like I have been. 

Now that I know what I have it makes it easier for me to go out and play with my friends and I don't have to miss out on all the fun. Now I can go to sleepovers and have my friends over because I was always too sick before. Now I will be able to go outside and play and do what all the other kids do. Even though I just started my medicine I think I'm already feeling better, maybe just having an answer makes me better too.

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