Whether you're a parent living with Rheumatoid Arthritis, or you're parenting a child with Juvenile Arthritis, you may be faced with new challenges. Open and careful communication is a must to help children understand the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and what they mean, whether it is the parent or the child who has the disease.
When I was a teenager, I wanted nothing to do with doctors, hospitals and physical therapists. I was done with blood tests, trying medications that weren't working and soaking my hands in paraffin wax until it accumulated and became a gross glutinous glove that made my skin smell disgusting. Rheumatoid arthritis had been a part of my life…