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Emily's story – JIA

Emily Jones‘Arthritis is unpredictable – sudden flare-ups and problems with my medication are really difficult to manage.'

Emily is 19 and has juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). Now a sixth-form student in Cardiff, Emily has struggled to manage her condition effectively. The drugs that she has taken to try and manage the condition have caused her debilitating side-effects such as sickness and headaches. Her last flare-up led to her missing school.

Emily says, ‘I’ve found it really hard over the last two years, especially dealing with medication side-effects and joint pain while taking my GCSEs. I was too ill to sit most of my exams – I managed to pass my art exam but the pain I felt in my hands nearly stopped me from holding the paint brush.’

‘Most of all, it’s hard to explain to my friends why I can’t do something, despite the fact that I look normal and could do it a week ago.’

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