Juvenile arthritis affects nearly 300,000 children in the United States. It’s not a disease in itself, but rather an umbrella term used to describe the many autoimmune and inflammatory conditions or pediatric inflammatory diseases that can develop in children under the age of 16. It’s a lifelong condition, but typically it’s manageable when appropriate measures are taken to mitigate and alleviate its painful and potentially limiting manifestations.
In this episode of Move Forward Radio, Christina Iversen shares her experience with juvenile arthritis, having dealt with it since the age of 2. Now a young adult, she knows well what it’s like to contend with the physical, emotional, and social effects of growing up with a condition that’s typically associated with older adults. She shares her story of trials, triumph, and, above all, hope for children who share her condition—and for parents and family members seeking to do all they can to ensure that those with juvenile arthritis nevertheless experience life to its fullest.