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Hi. I’m two. I have arthritis…” Lauree had only been walking for about three months when her parents began noticing her morning stiffness. “She wouldn’t stand up in her cot. She’d cry. We initially thought it could be a hip problem,” they recall. GP visits led to a specialist consultation at Hutt Hospital and at 19 months Lauree was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA).Lauree
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James Lowe: a talented rugby player who wears the number 11 jersey proudly for the Chiefs and Makos. 23 years old. And he has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
“What?!” (We hear you say). “Surely he’s too young to have arthritis?!” But in fact young people get arthritis too. And even young, fit sports mad people like James have arthritis.
Chris was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis in his last years at secondary school – “too many years ago to worry about”.
“Dad was a doctor and sent me to a rheumatologist who did the tests and confirmed the diagnosis. So other than the occasional remission, my arthritis has been a lifelong companion. Not the sort of companion I’d have chosen but there you go….”
“I’m an active person; I’ve been a regular at the gym for the last twenty years. But to then be told I had osteoarthritis (OA) in my knee in my early 40’s was devastating.”
“My whole life was about my knees. I was also putting on weight which was mentally tough – I couldn’t walk, I couldn’t go to the gym, and I knew I needed a better quality of life.”
Arthritis isn’t always obvious to the observer – and from one glance at Raffaella you would be hard pushed to know that she battles with fibromyalgia every day.
“From the age of 4 my plan was to be a dancer”, said Raffaella.
Dance was my passion. Performances and competitions took up all my time, focus and energy growing up.