Oligo Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
Liam is an active and optimistic 13 year old who doesn't let arthritis get him down. Although he met all of the milestones of a healthy baby and young child, to his family he showed signs of discomfort. When he began to limp when he was six years old he was diagnosed with oligo Juvnile Idiopathic Arthritis(JIA). Since he was first diagnosed Liam's arthritis has changed and progressed to be spondyloarthropathy and psoriatic arthritis. With the help, Liam is able to understand his condition and enjoy his childhood. Liam loves to ski, swim and scooter. " Because of my arthritis I don't have the stamina to play competitive sports but I love to be active. I take breaks when I need to and have routines at home that help me recover from exercise." Liam also understands the importance of doing well in school and is currently a high honors student. Math and science are his favorite subjects, as well as PE! Liam also plays piano and violin. And of course, video games!
The Arthritis Foundation is a critical component to Liam's wellbeing. Through the Arthritis Foundation Liam has learned to advocate for legislation, he's learned important self-care skills and information about his disease, he's learned the importance of participation, fundraising and giving back. Liam has made close friends who also have arthritis. "It's great to have friends who get it. We just know how each other feels. If you don't have arthritis you can't really know what it feels like. We help each other." Liam has made friends at Arthritis Foundation family day events. JIA Conferences and at Arthritis Camp. Our family is so grateful to AF for all they've done to help us understand and cope with this illness. We are thrilled to be able to do our part to raise both money for research and awareness through our involvement with the Arthritis Foundation.