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Hi I'm Taylor, and I'm 10 years old! I have Juvenile (Pauciarticular) Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA).

When I was first diagnosed I was 2 and a half. One morning I woke up and I was crying because my knee hurt. My parents came in my room and noticed that my knee was swollen twice as big as the other one. My parents took me to my pediatrician who referred us to an orthopedic surgeon. They did X-rays and found nothing so the doctors decided it must be JA. I was referred to a rheumatologist who ran lots of tests and decided I had JRA and put me on methotrexate. Thankfully I was able to take it orally and did not have to take weekly shots. After a year of methotrexate we couldn't control the swelling anymore so we went and I got my first steroid injection. The injection helped a lot and finally two years the injection, when I was five, I was in remission! Unfortunately, after four years of remission, which my parents and I were so thankful for, my arthritis struck in my knees again. Since I only have arthritis in my knees, my new doctor wanted to try to treat it with steroid injections and Naproxen. In the past 12 months I have had 4 injections and continue to take Naproxen.

I am now very active and love to hang with friends. As of right now, my arthritis does not affect my school. But there were some days in the past that I was so fatigued that my mom let me sleep in and go in late to school.

I love to dance and even dance on a performance team, and we go to all sorts of places to compete. This summer my family and I went to the Wisconsin Dells for the Nationals. Sometimes my arthritis does get in the way. Sometimes I have to sit out, wear a brace or even stay home and skip dance classes. But my teachers are very understanding and supportive of me.

Sometimes I even have to wear my brace to school if it hurts really bad. My friends are very supportive and understand if I just want to sit on the bench or just walk at recess. No one ever gets mad if I walk slow when I wear my brace.

All those kids who have Arthritis, I know what you’re going through, and it's good to talk to people, but they don't know what it’s like. I want to thank my family, and friends who supported me in the Arthritis Walk and even the ones that couldn't make it. And most of all I want to thank the Arthritis Foundation for all of their support! LET'S BEAT ARTHRITIS!


Taylor

Hi I'm Taylor, and I'm 10 years old! I have Juvenile (Pauciarticular) Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA).

When I was first diagnosed I was 2 and a half. One morning I woke up and I was crying because my knee hurt. My parents came in my room and noticed that my knee was swollen twice as big as the other one. My parents took me to my pediatrician who referred us to an orthopedic surgeon. They did X-rays and found nothing so the doctors decided it must be JA. I was referred to a rheumatologist who ran lots of tests and decided I had JRA and put me on methotrexate. Thankfully I was able to take it orally and did not have to take weekly shots. After a year of methotrexate we couldn't control the swelling anymore so we went and I got my first steroid injection. The injection helped a lot and finally two years the injection, when I was five, I was in remission! Unfortunately, after four years of remission, which my parents and I were so thankful for, my arthritis struck in my knees again. Since I only have arthritis in my knees, my new doctor wanted to try to treat it with steroid injections and Naproxen. In the past 12 months I have had 4 injections and continue to take Naproxen.

I am now very active and love to hang with friends. As of right now, my arthritis does not affect my school. But there were some days in the past that I was so fatigued that my mom let me sleep in and go in late to school.

I love to dance and even dance on a performance team, and we go to all sorts of places to compete. This summer my family and I went to the Wisconsin Dells for the Nationals. Sometimes my arthritis does get in the way. Sometimes I have to sit out, wear a brace or even stay home and skip dance classes. But my teachers are very understanding and supportive of me.

Sometimes I even have to wear my brace to school if it hurts really bad. My friends are very supportive and understand if I just want to sit on the bench or just walk at recess. No one ever gets mad if I walk slow when I wear my brace.

All those kids who have Arthritis, I know what you’re going through, and it's good to talk to people, but they don't know what it’s like. I want to thank my family, and friends who supported me in the Arthritis Walk and even the ones that couldn't make it. And most of all I want to thank the Arthritis Foundation for all of their support! LET'S BEAT ARTHRITIS!

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