Olivia's Story

Olivia was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis at just 2 years old. Getting this disease under control was not easy in the beginning. Her family was forever changed because of this diagnosis. 

Olivia was diagnosed with polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) at just 2 years old. Getting this disease under control was not easy in the beginning. Her family was forever changed because of this diagnosis. Olivia's arthritis began in her knees and quickly spread to eight other joints over the span of just a couple months. The inflammation and pain caused by this disease even took away Olivia's ability to walk for a short time. 
This sweet and happy toddler's life was put on a whole new path filled with countless doctor appointments, blood draws, weekly chemo and biologic injections, and physical and occupational therapy sessions. Things that come so easily to most children, such as writing, climbing a jungle gym and riding a bike, have not been easy for Olivia. But she has never let this disease hold her back from being the sweet and happy little girl she was before her JIA diagnosis.  
Today, Olivia is 6 years old. She doesn't remember her life before the pain of juvenile arthritis, but she perseveres and grows stronger every day with the help of her rheumatologist and therapists. She is excelling in kindergarten and participates in cheerleading. She handles her weekly medication injections like a champ and has learned to advocate for herself and others like her. Her family is four years into her diagnosis, and while Olivia has handled all her treatments so well and progressed so much, they never know what's to come next. JIA is unpredictable, and no child should know what it is like to live with chronic pain. Olivia fights every day against juvenile arthritis, and it is her hope that others will join us in this fight to find a cure.  
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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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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. 

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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.


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