Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
Like many patients, Emily Kerensky experienced painful arthritis symptoms months before her actual diagnosis. Her swelling spread to several joints, including her jaw, to a life-threatening point of making it difficult to eat, speak and even breathe. When it came time for reconstructive jaw surgery at age 16, although Emily was fearful, she was ready.
Today, Emily manages her arthritis mainly through anti-inflammatory medications and, although sensitive, her jaw functions perfectly. A junior at Slippery Rock University, Emily has found a passion for psychology. She understands the importance of mental health and finding community, especially for those like her healing from the effects of severe medical traumas.
Emily considers her greatest achievement turning her suffering into something positive and hopes to continue helping others heal from similar experiences.
To support or join Emily visit her team's fundraising page.