Lauren's journey with juvenile arthritis (JA) began when she was just 17 months old. Although she was not walking yet, we were not too concerned but after noticing swelling in her knee we took her to the pediatrician. After a week of additional joint involvement, bloodwork, x-rays, and several specialist appointments Lauren was diagnosed with JA. Lauren was previously diagnosed with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, a genetic disorder. Children with 22q have a higher likelihood of juvenile arthritis.
It has been 4 years filled with physical therapy, doctor appointments, and weekly injections but also with milestones, forming relationships, and education. Unfortunately, after over 2 years of remission (medicated and non-medicated), Lauren flared and had to restart her weekly injections. Despite everything, Lauren handles it like a rockstar!
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