2013 Central Texas
Saturday, May 18
Carl Levin Park - Harker Heights
Registration 9am, Walk 10am
Team Spotlight: Snap. Crackle & Pop
Please meet Jenna Metcalf, age 26, who was diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis at age 14.
When I was fourteen years old and played basketball at a youth club, my knees started really bothering me. My parents took me to the doctor and had scar tissue taken out, but the post surgical swelling in my knee never went away. After a couple of months and many tests later I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA).I learned that there was nothing I could do other than take medicine to help prevent the disease from getting worse and it took my rheumatologist eight months to regulate my medications. The first two years were difficult suffering from both the side effects of the meds, frequent doctor visits for blood tests and steroid injections and from the JRA itself. One of the hardest things was not being able to play sports anymore or to go hang out with my friends like all the other ďnormalĒ kids did. I just didnít have the energy. JRA took over my whole life.
Through the years I have been on many different treatment plans. Some medications work well for a while and then donít. I have been on an IL-6 drug that attacks the disease differently than any other drug. I also have been taking a chemotherapy drug every week for several years. I have a wonderful Rheumatologist who has been my doctor since my first diagnosis. If it wasnít for her, and my amazing family, I donít know how I would get through each day. There are many days I hurt so badly that I donít even want to get out of bed, much less get up and go to work. Sometimes I feel like I want to give up because Iím so tired of having chronic pain that never seems to go away. However, I canít freeze my life just because I have JRA and am in pain. Life still goes on and you learn to cope with it.
I have been dealing with JRA for twelve years. I take it one day at a time. I rely on my wonderful husband and my family a lot when Iím hurting and I will continue to count on the support of my husband, family, doctors and medicines to help me live my life as fully as possible. With your help we can help find a cure and more effective treatments for this disease and help many kids and adults live a more active and happy life. So until then I continue to live life day by day, one step at a time.
You can support Jenna and Snap, Crackle & Pop†here.
Thank you for participating in the 2013 Central Texas Arthritis Walk, the signature fundraising event for the Arthritis Foundation. Every year, people across the country move together to celebrate those who are making a positive impact on the lives of people living with arthritis.
More than just an event, Arthritis Walk is a celebration of year-round movement. It is building awareness for this debilitating disease and raising necessary funds to drive arthritis research, education and life improvement programs; it also continues the Arthritis Foundationís search to find a cure to the nationís leading cause of disability.
2013 Faces of Arthritis
Arthritis is a life-changing disease and can affect anyone at any age. Pictured below are just a few of the 50 million faces of arthritis. Click the image below to read more about our 2013 Faces of Arthritis for the Central Texas Arthritis Walk.
Our mission is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases. When you join us at the Arthritis Walk, you're not moving alone -- you are becoming part of a community looking to achieve better health and change lives at the same time. We look forward to seeing you at the Arthritis Walk!
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