Jayda – Diagnosed with JIA


Q: In what city/ province do you live in?

A: I live inAndrew, Alberta.


Q: How old were you when you were diagnosed with Arthritis?

A: 12 months


Q: How old are you now?

A: 9 years


Q: What grade are you in at school?

A: Grade 3


Q: What kind of physical activities or sports do you like to take part in?

A: Hip hop dance, soccer, figure skating, swimming, basketball


Q: Tell us how having arthritis affects your ability to be physically active or do sports. What motivates you to try to take part in some physical activities or sports on days that you don’t feel like it?

A: Hip Hop dance: I can’t jump very good or very high.

    Soccer: It hurts when I kick the ball.

    Figure skating: The cold hurts my ankles.

    Swimming: My flutter kick hurts.

    I still like to do it all because it’s fun and I’m tough.


Q: Why do you think it is important for kids/ youth/ teens with Arthritis to be physically active?

A: It hurts but it still helps your joints.


Q: What advice would you give to other kids / youth / teens with arthritis who might find it hard to take part in physical activities?

A: Still go and try it. It doesn’t matter if it hurts a little.  It’s still fun.