Hi everyone! Today I want to share an amazing site which I recently found – YouthHealthTalk.org’s section on Young People With Arthritis. In this extensive project, 40 young persons with arthritis were interviewed and shared their experiences living and growing up with arthritis. Some of the topics included education, family, friends, relationships and pregnancy. Parents also shared their experiences caring for a child with arthritis.
I read through so many of the stories and watched the video clips and was truly touched. I could relate to so much of what these brave youths discussed. It was useful to read about the different approaches which persons used in tackling certain situations, such as making accommodations for school or work. There are also honest discussions on the emotional challenges of living with arthritis and coping with these emotions.
I encourage you to check out this site. It gives genuine insights into the realities of living with arthritis as young persons – and shows us that we are definitely not alone in the daily challenges we face due to (J)RA. When you’re finished reading through everything, make sure you check out this section: Messages to young persons with arthritis, where young persons share great tips on making the most of our lives with (J)RA.
Hope you are all doing well, 🙂
All the best,