As told by her mother
In November of 2010, a teacher at our son’s preschool brought to our attention that Bevin was limping. She had always walked funny so we hadn’t noticed the limp. We started to pay more attention to it, making excuses that it was due to her shoes or just a weird way she decided to walk.
After a couple of weeks the limping just got more noticeable so we made an appointment with her pediatrician. After being examined by her pediatrician we were sent for x-rays and labs.
On November 18th she was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and we had no idea what that diagnosis meant; she was only 21 months old. Your baby being diagnosed with Arthritis is something I don’t think ever crosses a parent's mind.
Her pediatrician recommended a referral to a Pediatric Rheumatologist. We were able to get in to see the Pediatric Rheumatologist 3 weeks later. The Pediatric Rheumatologist confirmed the JRA diagnosis and informed us both of her hips, knees and left ankle were affected (giving her the official diagnosis of Poly-JRA). Bevin will be 2 in February of 2011 and just started weekly injections in January, and we hope that this will help her and that her limp will soon be gone. We don’t think she realizes she’s in any pain and I am very thankful that she is so young and doesn’t know any better. Because of this, she doesn’t yet know her limits and still tries anything and everything a little girl could possibly want to do. I know we were very lucky to have a pediatrician who was able to recognize the signs and get her the help she needed right away.