Kids Get Arthritis Too!

Kids Get Arthritis Too!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Starting the New Year with JRA.

Most recently was New Years Eve which as we know turns into New Years Day. Now I was sitting art my cousins house in Virginia and playing Just Dance 2015 and having some fun when we realized that it was about 10:30 at night. The two youngest went to bed as we expected them two but me and my other cousin stayed up to watch the ball drop in Times Square. Me and my younger cousin starting making as we called them "kiddie drinks" with tonic water and juice. It was a lot of fun and I wasn't having much pain until around 11 at night. So I took a Naproxen. As I was sitting there talking with the about 5 people in the house still awake and talking Naproxen I realized that I wasn't going to miss 2014 at all. Everybody was talking about how much they were going to miss 2014 and all of the good things that had happened to them that year, and I was just sitting there like...ok..... I have had a pretty bad year and honestly I would be perfectly fine if I could just erase the year 2014 from my life completely. My dad asked e what I meant and then I realized that pretty much everybody had forgotten what had happened to me this past year. I was diagnosed with an ankle disease and had to get a surgery, broke my back and screwed up my hips in a car accident, and then was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Not one of best years. Except for the fact that I'm really attractive. LOL JK. But anyways when the ball dropped I was relieved cause I realized that I was done with that terrible and that I got a new start and I was able to restart and move forward. Don't get me wrong I am totally looking forward to 2015 and there were some good memories in 2014 but I plan to make 2015 incredible.

Accepting that You have JRA

First of All if you haven't read my about me section I suggest you read that so you know a little about me. Now if you have read my section you no that I am 14 years old and that I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis in the summer of 2014. This summer.
I think one of the hardest things to do when you first get diagnosed or even really when you are dealing with a disease such as rheumatoid arthritis is the fact that you have to keep your head up in order to make your self feel better. You might ask how could having a good thought of mind make one feel better overall when dealing with a disease like this? Well, stress. One of the things that provokes this disease, not causes, but provokes this disease is the amount of stress that is going on in your life, and OI can voucher that when I started going to school after the summer my stress levels, and my pain levels sky rocketed. Now you might be questioning how this has to tie into dealing with and accepting the fact that you have RA. Here's is the answer and it is a lot simpler said than done. The sooner you are able to accept the fact that you have RA and the sooner you start reducing your stress and managing your pain, the less pain you will be in. And overall you will be more healthy.
Getting to the point that is accepting the fact that you have RA is a lot easier said then done. Trust me I have been down this road before, and in fact I still am going down this road, I still am finding ways to manage my pain and just accept what happened to me and find a way to deal with it. I think the first thing to remember is the fact that you are not alone. (especially you adults) All over the world there are people that are effected by this disease, and all over the world there are people who are going through what you are going through and trust me they can provide you with some support. So therefor the first thing I would suggest you do is go and join a support group whether it be a in person group or what I have even done is join support groups online and you re able to see just how similar people are too you and it does really help.
The second thing I think that I can say o you is find a psychiatrist to talk to.  Now I know what you are probably thinking, I don't need help I'm fine, that what I though and then I realized that I wasn't. There is a lot of grieving that takes place with this disease I wouldn't be surprised if you had to give up some of your activities that you used to loved to do. I did, like running. So talking about all of this and what is happening can really make you feel better.
Also talk to other about this and what is going on with their RA. That's why I ask you how old are you? When were you diagnosed? and What tips do you have?