I am Emma Aplin, and I am twelve years old. My diagnosis of Polyarticular Juvenile Arthritis came on April 2, 2018. My journey to that day was challenging and scary. There would be days that I wouldn't be able to get up in the mornings and I would be scared to go to school because of what people would think of me. I had constant pain in my feet and my whole body would be stiff and ache all of the time. It got to the point where I needed to see a doctor and after seeing many, they came to the conclusion that this is not just a little injury. After multiple tests ordered by an orthopedic doctor and my pediatrician, they referred me to a Pediatric Rheumatologist at Duke University. I was prescribed to methotrexate, but that didn't have good results, and I am currently receiving Humira injections, Naproxen, Methotrexate, Folic Acid, and Zofran. I am seeing drastic differences already, and I am able to start doing the things I love again. Even though I am not in remission, I feel that with these efforts, I can get there soon.
This holiday season, I am thrilled to say that I am going to be participating in the Arthritis Foundation's Jingle Bell Run and will be the Youth Honoree for the run in the Triangle Area of North Carolina. This family-friendly, fun, and festive 5K raises funds to help the Arthritis Foundation search for a cure while providing life-changing information and support to people with arthritis like me. Please join my team and I or donate to support the Arthritis Foundation’s important work to find a cure.