Jeanne – Diagnosed with JIA


 

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

A: I live in Montreal, Quebec.

Q: How old were you when you were first diagnosed with JIA?  How old are you now?

A: I was a year and a half when the doctors said I had arthritis. I don’t remember anything about it. I’m now 9 years old.

 

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

A: I like almost all sports, but my favourite is hockey—I’ve been playing for two years. I also really like soccer, basketball, swimming, pear ball, cross-country and downhill skiing, and snowshoeing. I also like to run and bike.

 

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 activity or sports on days that you don’t feel like it?  What motivates you to be active on days that you don’t feel like it?

A: I don’t ever remember my arthritis stopping me from playing sports. I remember one time, when I was little, my mom brought me to daycare but I couldn’t stay because I was in too much pain.

Last year, when my arthritis was starting to flare up, my ankles were really sore in my hockey skates, but I don’t think it was because of the arthritis, I think it was my skates.

My mother says the medications are really working, which is why I’m doing better. Obviously, I’m tired the morning after the methotrexate, but I still play sports because it’s fun and it makes me happy.

 

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

A: It makes me feel good.

 

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

A: When you play sports, all your joints move around and it helps with the arthritis. And if you have a good team, you also make friends. This year, I was on an all-girlsteam and it was really fun. I made a lot of friends.