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|This holiday season, I’m participating in the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run. This family-friendly, fun and festive 5K raises funds to help the Arthritis Foundation search for a cure while providing life-changing information and support to people with arthritis. Please join me or donate to support the Arthritis Foundation’s important work to find a cure.|
I do not remember life without arthritis. I was a very active 3 year old when one day I could not get out of bed, and my family knew something was wrong. One of my knees was almost the size of a grapefruit. After a couple of visits with different physicians they determined it was juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Although the arthritis started in my left knee, unfortunately over the years it spread through my joints to my other knee, ankles, elbows, wrists, fingers, toes, and jaw. I have been on a multitude of medications and received IV infusions, cortisone shots, and other procedures to combat the arthritis. At times it has been “under control” but it is a constant battle to stay one step ahead of the disease. I was also diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at age 14 so finding the right combination of medicines can be like a puzzle.
Now a senior in high school, I plan to attend a 4 year university next year. Despite the arthritis, I do not let it stop me from being active. I participate in cross country running at the varsity level, and I run track and field. The Jingle Bell Run is a great opportunity for me to do what I love doing — running!
I have participated in several Arthritis Foundation events over the years. Please support me by joining my 2017 Jingle Bell Run team – Emily’s Entourage -- to assist in their cutting edge research efforts and find a cure for this terrible disease.