Juvenile arthritis is growing?


I ran across this article today:

Juvenile Arthritis Growing In The U.S.

Go ahead, take a look. I’ll wait.

The article doesn’t say who determined that the numbers are growing, but it doesn’t surprise me. I imagine it’s similar to the “growth” of ADHD in recent decades. It’s not necessarily that more kids have ADHD or JA, but more people (and doctors) are aware of both issues and are familiar with the symptoms of each.

This is good news. No, really. Let me explain. More people being aware of an illness does two things. It helps kids get diagnosed at a younger age, which means medication and other treatments reduce their suffering, whether mental or physical. It also means more people are doing things. Things like fighting for awareness, raising funds for research and treatment, asking their doctors if their child could have it, lobbying congress for assistance, and supporting each other in the daily struggle.

I think the “growth” is misleading. I believe that the number of diagnosed cases is growing, yes. But I think that has less to do with children being affected and more to do with kids no longer going undiagnosed. And this is definitely good.

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About juvenilearthritis

A single mom raising a son with juvenile arthritis and a daughter with a big heart.
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