Melissa – Diagnosed with JIA





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

A: I live in Toronto, Ontario.


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

A: I was 1 year-old.


Q: How old are you now?

A: I am 12 years-old now.


Q: What grade are you in at school?

A: I’m in grade 7, going into grade 8.


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

A: I love to dance, and run track and field.


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: Just for having the passion for the activity makes me want to work hard.


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

A: I think it is important for kids/youth/teens with arthritis to be physically active because it keeps your body active.


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: My advice would be to find something that you love to do that’s active and then work on it.