Meghan – Diagnosed with JIA


 

My name is Meghan .  I am 14 years-old and in grade 9.  I have juvenile idiopathic arthritis, polyarticular rheumatoid factor positive subtype.  

 

 

 

I also have another chronic medical condition called PKU { Phenylketonuria} which is tested for at birth.  I have to eat a special diet that has no to very little protein.  Even though I have 2 medical conditions I try not to let it get to me.  I keep very active.  I play hockey on 3 hockey teams, I am goalie for Terrace Kermode Bantam Rep girls, I am goalie for Bantam boys house team, and I am also goalie for Bantam Boys “B” travel team.  I was also very fortunate to be chosen to play as 1 of the 2 goaltenders for the Female U16 BC Cup in Duncan, BC in March.  I have had a very busy “hockey” season this year my Bantam Rep girls team won the provincial hockey tournament.  We got GOLD !!!  This was so great.   We played for a week in Vernon, BC.   Then I played on “Team North” in Duncan, BC for the U16 BC cup and our team won the trophy there.  We made history as no team from the North has ever placed better than 4th, but we placed 1st and also won all 5 of our games we played which was another record.  I am also busy with kayaking with my family and archery with my brother and Dad.   

My advice to other arthritis kids is to keep active.  When I was first diagnosed 3 years ago, I couldn’t even put on my own socks or walk down stairs but with the treatment prescribed by my doctors and my active lifestyle, I am happy to say I am now in remission from my arthritis and am off my arthritis medication. They say I will have to go back on my medicine again some day, but for now as long as I stay active, I am doing good and hope to keep it that way. 

 Don’t let arthritis keep you from doing the things you love to do!! 

Keep active, stay healthy and have fun !!!