Did you know? Kids get arthritis too!

Welcome to week two of ‘things you might not know about arthritis‘!

Did you know that arthritis isn’t just an ‘old person’s disease’.  According to the Arthritis Society, arthritis is one of the most common chronic illnesses affecting children and affects 1 in 1,000 Canadian children under the age of 16.  That’s a lot of kids.

Kids with arthritis face unique challenges compared to adults.  This story describes some of those challenges, including the very real problem that some people don’t believe kids when they say they have arthritis. It also describes an awesome summer camp organized by the Arthritis Society, where kids spend time with other kids just like them who are learning to manage the disease.

In this video, Amanda describes some of the treatment that kids like her go through.

And in this video, you can learn more about how kids’ lives are affected by living with arthritis, in their own words – which are more powerful than anything I could write. It’s worth taking a few moments to watch, and to remember that arthritis affects more people than we realize – both young and old, and in between.  They all need your support.

That’s it for this week.  Check back next week – you might learn something new!

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