Abby Jones is an energetic 19-year-old who was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at the age of three. This sixteen year battle has shaped her into the person she is today. She loves to dance and to go boating with her family. She does not let this disease define who she is; she rises above and tries to be a mentor to young kids with arthritis. Abby is a sophomore at Utah Valley University studying Exercise Science and Pre-Physical Therapy. Abby would like to thank the Arthritis Foundation for allowing a safe place for people with Arthritis to connect and creating such a supportive community.
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Juvenile Idiopathic Polyarticular Arthritis
Trinity Hughes was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic polyarticular arthritis. Since then her life has a new “normal” – medicines, injections and doctors’ notes. When thinking about her pain, Trinity realizes most people don’t understand how painful it is. Her seventh-grade science teacher taught her class about nerve signal of pain. She said, “Pain is our friend. Most of us don’t realize it, but without pain we wouldn’t know if we are damaging ourselves.”
Trinity believes in three things - hope, trust, and Hakuna Matata. Hope – she’s been hoping for the most amazing thoughts. She believes if she keeps hoping, it will come true at some point. Trust is very important because if “you don’t trust you aren’t’ going to get anywhere.” Trinity trusts in God, her parents, her doctors and most importantly herself. Lastly, Hakuna Matata, for those who haven’t seen the Lion King, it means “no worries.” Trinity believes she will one day be in remission. She wants the world to know that arthritis won’t stop her.
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