I was diagnosed with JIA when I was 10 years old. I was living in Ecuador . The first joint it hit was my left elbow. It was so bad I was excused from violin and taken out early from school. I went to our normal doctor. He said he thought I had twisted something in my elbow. So, we went to get X-Rays. When we got the results it looked like nothing was wrong. A few days later it went away. Then one night when I was being babysat I got down on my knees to pick up something. The second I went down I almost cried out in pain. I tried to ignore until the next day. I went to church and I was fine. Then afterward we ate dinner with some close friends. When one of them dropped something I said that I would go get it. When I got up, it felt like I was being stabbed multiple times in my knee. When I looked down it looked okay. When our guest left I started crying. I did not know what was going on with me and I couldn't figure it out. So the next day I went to the same doctor I went to before. He was clueless. He said that this was out of his hands and that we needed to see another doctor. So we went to another doctor, but when we went that time it was so bad I was in a wheelchair. He was also clueless, so he told us to go to another doctor. When we went to that doctor she said that I had the beginning stages of arthritis. I was put on a lot of medications. Then my parents decided that we needed a second opinion. So I went to the Miami Children's Hospital where they told me I had JIA .Then, I was put on 3 different medications - Naproxen, Folic Acid, and Methotrexate. I still have pain today but I have to keep fighting on. Arthritis is a terrible disease but we can overcome it. To other people out there just like me who have arthritis, remember you are not alone.