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Tess R., Age 16

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Tess R.

My name is Tess Remy-Detty and my journey of Arthritis has been for over two years; my life has changed completely. 

I went from an average teenager to a 16-year-old girl who can’t go to school every day until later on, and am unable to be a normal teenager that goes out every night – instead I stay at home and rest with my family. On the weekends I may stay at home and watch a movie with my boyfriend or I may feel okay to go to the movies or dinner. 

One thing that I have learned with my Juvenile Arthritis is to never give up hope that there will be a cure, when I will not have to go every second of every day with pain. It started with just pain in my lower back on the right side than it continued up my spine, into my legs, neck, arms, feet, hands, now everywhere you can touch on my body. 

Arthritis has made me look at my life completely different my favorite quote which I hope someday will come true is, “I want to live my life, not just survive.” I am on 26 pills a day, sometimes more. I take a weekly shot of Humira

My life revolves with how I feel. One day I might feel okay and the next day I will not be able to get out of bed. I have to be careful that I don’t go around anyone that is sick because my immune system is so low. 

Arthritis is a battle, but one thing I learned is that I can’t let Arthritis stop me from achieving what I always wanted in my life. In a few weeks I am going to start the autoimmune protocol diet and I am hoping that it will put my body into remission. If you know anyone who has done this diet, please let me know how it affected them. 

This is to all of those kids living with Arthritis, don’t give up. Keep fighting through and don’t let Arthritis stop you. Thank you very much.


Tess R.

My name is Tess Remy-Detty and my journey of Arthritis has been for over two years; my life has changed completely. 

I went from an average teenager to a 16-year-old girl who can’t go to school every day until later on, and am unable to be a normal teenager that goes out every night – instead I stay at home and rest with my family. On the weekends I may stay at home and watch a movie with my boyfriend or I may feel okay to go to the movies or dinner. 

One thing that I have learned with my Juvenile Arthritis is to never give up hope that there will be a cure, when I will not have to go every second of every day with pain. It started with just pain in my lower back on the right side than it continued up my spine, into my legs, neck, arms, feet, hands, now everywhere you can touch on my body. 

Arthritis has made me look at my life completely different my favorite quote which I hope someday will come true is, “I want to live my life, not just survive.” I am on 26 pills a day, sometimes more. I take a weekly shot of Humira

My life revolves with how I feel. One day I might feel okay and the next day I will not be able to get out of bed. I have to be careful that I don’t go around anyone that is sick because my immune system is so low. 

Arthritis is a battle, but one thing I learned is that I can’t let Arthritis stop me from achieving what I always wanted in my life. In a few weeks I am going to start the autoimmune protocol diet and I am hoping that it will put my body into remission. If you know anyone who has done this diet, please let me know how it affected them. 

This is to all of those kids living with Arthritis, don’t give up. Keep fighting through and don’t let Arthritis stop you. Thank you very much.

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