Told in her own words.
My name is Kari and I am 14. One day I went to my doctor appointment for a check-up and they noticed that my left knee and both thumbs were swollen. The doctors said that they needed to do some blood tests. They didn't know what was wrong, so they sent me to a different doctor. My new doctor said that I had Juvenile Arthritis. I didn't know how to take the news. The only thing I could do was cry. I didn't know how it was going to affect my sports (swimming, diving, cross-country skiing, and track and field). All I could do was think that this is what God wanted for me. My friends and family helped me through a lot of it, but i still had my bad days. My doctor gave me some medication and I started being able to move my knee better. But then about 3 weeks after I had started my medication, the arthritis had spread to my other knee and it was a lot harder to do things. I had to get a new type of medication and it started working the first week. The swelling in my knees had gone down and my thumbs were getting better also, and I'm still getting better right now. One of my goals is to find a cure for JRA. The only thing I can say to kids with Arthritis is to stay strong and that I know you can power through it!