Young People Share Their Perspectives on Growing Up With Arthritis

A chronic illness like childhood arthritis or other pediatric rheumatic condition can affect every kid, teen and young adult differently. But many of them often express similar thoughts and feelings about their disease and what they’ve experienced, including struggles with isolation, loneliness and being misunderstood. Hear what some young patients have to say about the challenges they’ve faced and how they’ve made the best of their circumstances.

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JA Families

For families living with arthritis and related diseases, the Arthritis Foundation is a refuge. Easily find life-changing resources and meet other families and experts who understand. Best of all, know you’re not alone.

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JA Connect Group

There are others in your local community who understand. Connect virtually to make new friends, share tips and get answers and support.

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Help change the future of JA. Your responses inform the Arthritis Foundation strategy to break down barriers to care, inform research and create resources that may make a difference for your child.

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Living With Juvenile Arthritis

No two children with juvenile arthritis experience the exact same symptoms or struggles. The treatment approaches, needs and wants of each child and family can differ, too. From medications and meals, to pain management and school solutions, this expert information can help you best support your child with JA and family.

About Juvenile Arthritis
About Juvenile Arthritis

Get the tools you need to conquer arthritis. Track your symptoms, nutrition, medications and more.

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Managing JA requires working with your child’s care team to develop a comprehensive treatment plan. Learn about your child’s options.

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Managing Pain
Managing Pain

Learn what drives your child’s pain and other symptoms and how to manage them in various ways, from medications to complementary therapies, and more.

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JA Medical Decisions
JA Medical Decisions

JA can bring up tough decisions – from choosing a doctor to selecting the right treatment plan. Learn how to make the best choices for your child.

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For children with JA, a balanced diet is key for healthy development and living well. Get healthy eating tips for your child and the entire family.

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Physical Activity
Physical Activity

Staying active with JA isn’t just possible – it’s necessary for staying strong and healthy. Learn the best exercises for your child.

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Emotional Wellbeing
Emotional Wellbeing

Growing up is hard enough, let alone with a chronic disease. Learn ways to help your child through the emotional challenges of living with JA.

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Family & Relationships
Family & Relationships

Coping with JA can be difficult for everyone involved. Learn how to help you and your family deal with the ups and downs of arthritis.

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Health Coverage
Health Coverage

Better understand health coverage options and choose the right plan for your child’s needs. Reduce costs and find financial assistance programs.

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JA Camps

JA camps provide a secure camping and learning environment for children and teens. Campers develop improved confidence and self-advocacy skills to help better manage their arthritis.

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JA Power Pack

Our Power Pack provides tools to help you and your child more confidently navigate the journey with JA. Designed for three different age groups, each provides life-changing information and more.

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Guidance for Transitions

The transition from adolescence to adulthood is a big step. Get resources to ease the process, from transitioning out of pediatric care into adult care, to choosing a career and college, and more.

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School and College

Set Your Child Up for Success

Students with JA may face additional challenges, but arthritis doesn’t have to affect school performance. Learn which rights protect your child and develop a plan to ensure an equal education.

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Aspen Is Winning the Arthritis Fight

Diagnosed with arthritis as a toddler, Aspen has flourished with her parents’ help and natural supplements. Her mother says, “Keep trying and never give up. We can face it.”

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Anything’s Possible if You Believe

JIA threw her a curveball, but Jenna hasn’t let it hold her back. She’s aiming to fulfill her dream of playing college softball and practices every day to make it come true.

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Lesson Learned: No One Is an Island

Growing up with arthritis, Joshua figured out ways to empower himself and now heads to graduate school supported by an Arthritis Champions Scholarship award.

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    Take part to be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis.

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Ways to Give

Every gift to the Arthritis Foundation will help people with arthritis across the U.S. live their best life. Whether it is supporting cutting-edge research, 24/7 access to one-on-one support, resources and tools for daily living, and more, your gift will be life-changing.

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Help millions of people live with less pain and fund groundbreaking research to discover a cure for this devastating disease. Please, make your urgently-needed donation to the Arthritis Foundation now!

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Become an Arthritis Foundation member today for just $20 and you'll receive access to helpful tools..... and more. 

Make a Honor or Memorial Gift

Honor a loved one with a meaningful donation to the Arthritis Foundation. We'll send a handwritten card to the honoree or their family notifying them of your thoughtful gift.

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Volunteer Opportunities

The Arthritis Foundation is focused on finding a cure and championing the fight against arthritis with life-changing information, advocacy, science and community. We can only achieve these goals with your help. Strong, outspoken and engaged volunteers will help us conquer arthritis. By getting involved, you become a leader in our organization and help make a difference in the lives of millions. Join us and become a Champion of Yes.

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Give Just 10 Minutes.

Tell us what matters most to you. Change the future of arthritis.

By taking part in the Live Yes! INSIGHTS assessment, you’ll be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis, for yourself and for 54 million others. And all it takes is just 10 minutes.

Your shared experiences will help:

- Lead to more effective treatments and outcomes
- Develop programs to meet the needs of you and your community
- Shape a powerful agenda that fights for you

Now is the time to make your voice count, for yourself and the entire arthritis community. 

Currently this program is for the adult arthritis community.  Since the needs of the juvenile arthritis (JA) community are unique, we are currently working with experts to develop a customized experience for JA families. 

How are you changing the future?

By sharing your experience, you’re showing decision-makers the realities of living with arthritis, paving the way for change. You’re helping break down barriers to care, inform research and create resources that make a difference in people’s lives, including your own.

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Meet Our Partners

As a partner, you will help the Arthritis Foundation provide life-changing resources, science, advocacy and community connections for people with arthritis, the nations leading cause of disability. Join us today and help lead the way as a Champion of Yes.


Our Trailblazers are committed partners ready to lead the way, take action and fight for everyday victories. They contribute $2,000,000 to $2,749,000


Our Visionary partners help us plan for a future that includes a cure for arthritis. These inspired and inventive champions have contributed $1,500,00 to $1,999,999.


Our Pioneers are always ready to explore and find new weapons in the fight against arthritis. They contribute $1,000,000 to $1,499,999.


Our Pacesetters ensure that we can chart the course for a cure for those who live with arthritis. They contribute $500,000 to $999,000.


Our Signature partners make their mark by helping us identify new and meaningful resources for people with arthritis. They contribute $250,000 to $499,999.


Our Supporting partners are active champions who provide encouragement and assistance to the arthritis community. They contribute $100,000 to $249,999.