My Life With JRA

Hello my name is Tammy and I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis when I was 2 years old. It was hard growing up with a disease like RA it’s hard for anyone even harder for a child. From a young age I knew that I couldn’t let my disease run my life. I still had to do daily chores and do daily exercises. I was always going to doctor appointments and I felt like I was the youngest one at the doctor’s office. I would get cortisone shots and fluid taken out of my knee’s, but it never stopped me from doing what I wanted to do. I found out that I had to pace myself if I wanted to get anything done. If I worked to fast, I would get tired really fast and not be able to finish what I was doing. I was able to do the things that other people did I just had to do it at my own pace. I am 26 now and engaged to a wonderful understanding man who does a lot for me. I have chronic JRA and because of that there are things that I just can’t do. He will be helping me through my knee surgery. Knee replacements surgery makes me nervous but I am ready. He is always there for me when I need him. I know its just as hard on him to see me go through the pain and the disease I have. I wanted to tell some on my story to maybe help someone else or someone helping me.

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