Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
Natalie was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) in July of 2018. The JIA moved to both her wrists, shoulder, and her temporomandibular joints in her jaw the following years. Her rheumatologist has been able to control the inflammation in her wrists and shoulder through medication. However, her jaw continues to be a challenge in controlling the inflammation and pain that she lives with every day. Through many procedures, surgeries, and endless medication adjustments these doctors have helped her stay positive, healthy during a pandemic, and even on track academically.
She wants to give back to the Arthritis Foundation that continues to do so much for her in my most difficult times. She hopes to see you all on December 4th at Westchester Community College.