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  • Gang Li . genetic code . JIA . juvenile arthritis . juvenile idiopathic arthritis . RA . rheumatoid arthritis .

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a cruel disease that ravages the joints, triggering flares of heat, swelling and recurrent pain. Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is uniquely devastating, often striking children and teens with unpredictable bouts of severe pain and joint inflammation. Although JIA shares many symptoms with RA, such as pain, swelling and warmth in the joints, it is still very different from adult rheumatoid arthritis. However, in both cases, we know very little about the mechanisms in the genetic code…

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  • art . arthritis . cope with juvenile arthritis . juvenile arthritis . Kids Get Arthritis . painting .

Julia was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis (JA) at the age of 13. While many of her joints remain currently unaffected by the disease, she tends to feel the most pain in her hands. Julia was always looking to find ways to cope with juvenile arthritis, but never imagined how creatively it would emerge. Julia’s juvenile arthritis, coupled with a recent dental surgery, rendered her bedridden for a few days this past winter. And what initially started as a way to…

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  • archery . Chronic Illness . cystic fibrosis . JA . JIA . juvenile arthritis . juvenile arthritis awareness month .

As a teenager, there are a few rites of passage you typically experience: getting your license, going to fun events and staying out late with friends. But what if some of these “firsts” are not promised? What if they aren’t a given? What if instead you have to use all your energy to achieve these seemingly simple life firsts? This is the case for 18 year old Emily, who battles both Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) and Cystic Fibrosis, both lifelong…

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Being a teenager is tough, but being a teenager with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) presents a completely new set of obstacles. Britney Moreno, age 16, knows this all too well as she was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis at the age of 4. Although she’s no stranger to the challenges of JIA, she has often struggled with accepting her disease. “For awhile I refused to acknowledge that I had arthritis.” she admits. “In my mind, it wasn’t ‘normal’ for a…

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  • JIA . juvenile arthritis . juvenile idiopathic arthritis . Mabel's Mission . Santa .

Most kids ask Santa for toys, trips, clothes, etcetera, but Mabel wanted something more. This past Christmas, she asked Santa for a cure for her Polyarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. She said, "Dear Santa, I have been very good. What I would like is a cure for my arthritis." When learning of this at the foundation it broke our hearts, but these kinds of stories also inspire us to continue the research towards finding a cure, and we aren't the only…

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  • drumline . JIA . juvenile arthritis . juvenile idiopathic arthritis .

Jessica takes to the pavement with her high school marching band, drumsticks in hand, ready to perform. Upon first glance, you would never be able to tell she went from being wheelchair-bound due to juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), to marching in two parades in only a matter of months. Jessica, 16, is determined to defy the odds of juvenile idiopathic arthritis by participating in Drumline. She can be seen playing the snare drum, and when her arthritis is particularly difficult,…

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  • art . art for arthritis . arthritis . juvenile arthritis . rheumatoid arthritis .

Sakhia Hurst is a 24 year old artist from the Bronx, New York City. She was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 14. Sakhia started to use art as an outlet to channel her unique challenges she faces with arthritis. Recently, Sahkia put together, Art For Arthritis, an art show benefiting Cure Arthritis. We chatted with Sakhia to get her personal story and how she brought an idea to life at the "Art for Arthritis" show at…

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  • Erin Williams . JRA . juvenile arthritis . juvenile rheumatoid arthritis . softball .

Erin Williams, an accomplished softball catcher, was featured on the Arthritis National Research Foundation’s blog last spring in an article entitled, Catching Through the Pain. We shared Erin's story about battling back against her juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) and struggling with being doubted by others. Recently, we “touched base” with Erin to learn about her latest softball achievements and how she is continuing to be an inspiration to others. Erin has accomplished quite a lot since the Arthritis National Research…

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  • arthritis research . joint replacement . juvenile arthritis . juvenile rheumatoid arthritis . rheumatoid arthritis .

David Leonard knows what it’s like to hit a roadblock. For the past two decades he has tried nearly every treatment available for his juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, but despite his best efforts, his disease is still very active. The lack of marked improvement in symptoms would be devastating to just about anyone, but David hasn't let that get in the way of his positive disposition. Throughout his life, David had to make some serious decisions about how to move forward…

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  • back to school . college . JA . juvenile arthritis . school .

August 2016 is a month that has been on my mind for years. It is the month that I finally graduate college with my Bachelor’s Degree. Every college student I know celebrates graduating, but for me there is an extra reason to be proud – I once again proved that I am stronger than juvenile arthritis. I was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis my sophomore year of high school and with my amazing team of doctors, found a combination of medications…

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