condition: Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA)

Rheumy Kid

I was diagnosed with JIA, better known as Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, in July of 2015. My family and I didn’t even know that kids could get arthritis. Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Rheumatology Clinic helped give clarity about my diagnosis and have treated not only me but my loved ones with kindness and understanding. Dr. Oberle listens […]

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Megan’s Story

Megan was a normal, healthy baby until she experienced a febrile seizure at 11 months old that seemingly launched her immune system into attack mode. At 18 months she still wasn’t walking, and no longer crawled. Her parents started Megan in physical therapy, but she did not make any progress. With so many unknowns in […]

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Alyssa’s Story

At the age of 15, when most kids are busy with friends, school and just being kids – Alyssa was dealing with lower back pain, fevers and a general achy feeling. It was really interfering with her being able to enjoy the things the other kids were. And she was searching for the reason why. […]

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Alexandra’s Story

When you meet Alexandra, you won’t be surprised by the fact that you are meeting a sweet little 5-year-old girl who doesn’t like things like potatoes, bugs and getting shots. But you will be surprised to learn that she also does not like Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) because, like most people, you are probably not expecting to […]

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Strong Brave Girl

At 20 weeks pregnant Kiely’s mom had to go have a fetal echo done at Nationwide Children’s Hospital due to her older brother being born with multiple Congenital Heart Defects. It was discovered then that Kiely had an Aortic Coarctation. We were told that we would need to come back in 4 weeks to recheck […]

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