Bradyn Lorimer and Hailey Camp
Dynamic Duo Co-Youth Honorees
Hailey Camp, daughter of Gordon and Jessica Camp, was diagnosed at the age of 2, two weeks before her third birthday. They were having a really hard time figuring out what was going on with her because she wasn’t walking and cried all night in pain.
Jessica continued to take her to her primary care doctor, but was told “it was growing pains.” Jessica would give her Tylenol to help with the pain, but it didn’t seem to work. One night, Hailey was crying so bad and had a high fever. When she helped her daughter up, Jessica noticed both knees were the size of softballs, so she rushed her the hospital, which is where Bradyn received her diagnosis.
Hailey’s parents were in shock to hear a toddler could have JRA. She was put on Naproxen. They later learned Hailey also suffered with anxiety do to all the pain she has endured. She was also recently diagnosed with malicious malalignment which is causing her additional joint pain because everything below her hips is out of alignment.
Hailey is on indomethacin and is 10 years old and going strong. She is a very determined little girl, and nothing slows her down.
Bradyn Lorimer, daughter of Patrick and Michelle Lorimer, was diagnosed with JIA and Uveitis in 2013 at the age of three (3). Within a few months of her diagnosis she was almost to the point of being crippled. She could not walk on her own without extreme pain and was carried or scooted wherever she went. She has endured many medications, a few procedures and tons of doctor appointments in her short years of life. Her road has been a long one and still has its occasional challenges.
Today, Bradyn is a healthy, happy and very active child. Her arthritis has progressed to most all her joints, but it is controlled with monthly infusions and her eyes show no inflammation!! To look at her you would never know she has JIA. In fact, most people don’t even know she has JIA.
Her parents have told her there is nothing “wrong” with her, because they don’t see or treat this as a handicap. They know God will use her illness to reach, be an example and light to others. She is very active in church, with her friends and plays competitive volleyball with her big sister Fallyn and girls at least three years her senior and some twice her age!
Bradyn's little body may be older than her chronological age, and her path is challenging. However, she is a profound example of Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your GOD will be with yuou wherever you go."
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Hailey & Bradyn