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Crystal

Hi, I'm Crystal. I was diagnosed with JIA (juvenile idiopathic arthritis) almost 2 years ago. I also have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). That makes me have really bad stomach and intestinal problems. 

I have pain in my ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, back, wrists, hands, fingers, and even my jaws. I had to stop going to school months ago, because I hurt so much. I take my classes online now. 

I have been on all kinds of medicine, but nothing has gotten my arthritis under control yet. I am starting Enbrel and Arava now. 

I sometimes feel like nobody understands what I am going through. After reading about other kids here, I now know that there are other kids like me. I also have a great family who supports me and wants the best for me. I am not alone! Hopefully someone will read my story and be inspired too.


Crystal

Hi, I'm Crystal. I was diagnosed with JIA (juvenile idiopathic arthritis) almost 2 years ago. I also have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). That makes me have really bad stomach and intestinal problems. 

I have pain in my ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, back, wrists, hands, fingers, and even my jaws. I had to stop going to school months ago, because I hurt so much. I take my classes online now. 

I have been on all kinds of medicine, but nothing has gotten my arthritis under control yet. I am starting Enbrel and Arava now. 

I sometimes feel like nobody understands what I am going through. After reading about other kids here, I now know that there are other kids like me. I also have a great family who supports me and wants the best for me. I am not alone! Hopefully someone will read my story and be inspired too.

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