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Your Growing JA Team

Get to know the people who are working to help you fight JA.

By Anne Krueger

Whether or not you’re involved in a sport or group activity, you already have a team. It’s all of the people working with you (or who want to) to help you feel better or help you learn to manage and cope with your JA. Any disease can make a person feel alone. That is totally understandable. But look at all of the people who are on your side in your journey to be the best you can be – every day with JA.

•  Your family
•  Your doctors and nurses and other healthcare workers
•  Your close friends whom you’ve told about your JA
•  Your teachers and other school workers who are there to help
•  Your coaches and instructors
•  Your guidance counselor
•  Any school personnel involved in your 504 or IEP, if you have one 
•  Your friends at the Arthritis Foundation, local and national
•  The counselors and people who run JA camps
•  All of your online friends at this site

As you get older, your list will grow. If you go to college, you’ll find a whole new list of people to add to your team, including:

•  New friends
•  Your roommate or suitemates
•  Your resident assistant or hall director
•  Your academic advisor
•  People at the health services or counseling center
•  A local doctor you’ll want to make sure is familiar with your situation

Don't forget to add new team members to the list as you think of them!

 

About Me: Stories by Teens With JA

 
Drake M.

Drake M., Age 14

I am a wrestler, football player and I do everything else any other 14 year old boy does.

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Crystal

Crystal, Age 13

Hi, I'm Crystal. I was diagnosed with JIA (Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis) almost 2 years ago.

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Your Growing JA Team

Get to know the people who are working to help you fight JA.

By Anne Krueger


Whether or not you’re involved in a sport or group activity, you already have a team. It’s all of the people working with you (or who want to) to help you feel better or help you learn to manage and cope with your JA. Any disease can make a person feel alone. That is totally understandable. But look at all of the people who are on your side in your journey to be the best you can be – every day with JA.

•  Your family
•  Your doctors and nurses and other healthcare workers
•  Your close friends whom you’ve told about your JA
•  Your teachers and other school workers who are there to help
•  Your coaches and instructors
•  Your guidance counselor
•  Any school personnel involved in your 504 or IEP, if you have one 
•  Your friends at the Arthritis Foundation, local and national
•  The counselors and people who run JA camps
•  All of your online friends at this site

As you get older, your list will grow. If you go to college, you’ll find a whole new list of people to add to your team, including:

•  New friends
•  Your roommate or suitemates
•  Your resident assistant or hall director
•  Your academic advisor
•  People at the health services or counseling center
•  A local doctor you’ll want to make sure is familiar with your situation

Don't forget to add new team members to the list as you think of them!