If you have juvenile arthritis (JA), you’ve come to the right web site to learn about the disease and what to do about it.
Here’s what we really want you to know: You are not alone.
300,000 kids in the United States have been diagnosed with juvenile arthritis.
How does that compare with other common childhood diseases?
1 in 88 U.S. kids are diagnosed with autism
1 in 400 U.S kids are diagnosed with diabetes
1 in 250 U.S kids are diagnosed with arthritis
That’s a lot of kids.
You may have been diagnosed when you were younger, like 14-year-old blogger Zach J., who has had JA since he was six. Or you may have been diagnosed more recently in your teens, like 20-year-old Erin M. who got her diagnosis when she was 16.
Either way, as Zach J. says, “There is power in numbers. We can be a part of the solution, a part of finding a cure, if we all work together. Together we can support each other, communicate our fears, concerns, and struggles. We can learn from each other and work together to fight this disease.”
Read about other teens with arthritis.