Kendra – Diagnosed with JIA



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

A: I live in Kamloops British Columbia.


Q: How old were you when you were first diagnosed with JIA?  How old are you now?  What grade are you in at school?

A: I was first diagnosed when I was 2 years old and I am 12 years now.  I am in 6th grade at McGowan Park Elementary.

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

A: I am in cheerleading, ski in the winter and  I am a Girl Guide.


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: Sometimes I am not as flexible as all my friends.  What motivates me when I don’t want to go to cheer is that I get to see my friends and I need to get better for competition.  I think what gets me to go is that I want to get  really good at tumbling, stunting and jumping.

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

A: I think being physical with arthritis is good so you don’t get overweight.


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: I think you should try your hardest and do it for a year and figure out if you find the sport too hard for you.