Hi I've just come across this charity and it's so lovely to see all of the help and support that is available. My name is Ellie and I was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis when I was 3 years old. I am now 24 and was told that it was likely to go as as I got older, but no sign of it going unfortunately only getting worse, it still causes me a lot of pain in my knee and hands. It is still classed as Juvenile even though I am in my mid-20s, not sure if anyone else is in the same position?
I have muscle wastage in one of my legs due to the arthritis in my knee and had to have an osteotomy operation last year to correct my knee position (it was on the inside of my leg instead of on the front where it should be) It still causes me pain on a daily basis. Having arthritis does stop me from enjoying physical activities with friends and family like long walks or running around with my little nieces and nephews and sometimes people don't always understand that I can't do certain things, and when I say I have arthritis- the common response is 'but your not an old lady, how can you have it?!) I love that this charity highlights the impact arthritis can have and how you can get it at any age.