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Shortly after our daughter Sophia’s JA diagnosis four years ago, a friend asked about her condition. “Are you sure she doesn’t have juvenile diabetes?” the woman questioned, convinced that we had not heard our daughter’s diagnosis correctly from her doctor. “Kids can’t get arthritis.”
- A Response to the New York Times article, “The Boy With a Thorn in His Joints.” Juvenile Arthritis Association
Idiopathic: an adjective used primarily in medicine meaning arising spontaneously or from an obscure or unknown cause.
In the late 1990’s, the official classification “Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis” was changed to “Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.” In layman’s terms, the medical community essentially stated in the very naming…
I’m only speaking for my family, here, but I’m pretty sure these sentiments are shared by most parents of children with health issues or chronic illness. I know they’re real for JA families.
“Who Done It” Guilt
When I first found out that my sweet…
Tonight the kids and I were watching Mystery Diagnosis. I record it just about every day and we watch when there is nothing on. The kids find it interesting and I often find myself thinking, I should have been on this show.
We were watching…
I am many things. Firstly, I am Katie Emmerson. Nice to meet you!
I am a writer, a reader, a thinker, devoted daughter, someone special to someone special, proud sister, good friend to a selected few, a listener, outspoken, opinionated, a fabulous cook, and an…