Kids Corner: Rachel

Rachel at the Arthritis Foundation’s JA Family Fun Day (2012).

When you look at Rachel Abraham you see a teenager on the honor roll, playing lacrosse and actively enjoying her high school days. What you don’t see is that Rachel lives with a painful, chronic, incurable disease called juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

Dealing with joint swelling flare ups have helped this ambitious 16-year-old learn how to best live with her disease. Taking a cocktail of medications allows Rachel to fight through the pain and live the life she loves. Rachel admits arthritis is something she used to hide from friends and family but she now tells the world and knows her arthritis makes her special.

Rachel has become very involved with the Arthritis Foundation with the hopes of spreading awareness that arthritis knows no age. “I want everyone to know that 300,000 children in the nation have juvenile arthritis.” Rachel says, “I want other children to know that they are not alone, we have arthritis and we are awesome!” Join Rachel at the 2013 Juvenile Arthritis March (JAM) and help us take one step closer toward a cure.

About ArthritisUMR

The Arthritis Foundation’s mission is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases. For more than 60 years we have been committed to funding the most ambitious and promising research programs and delivering life-changing programs to those already living with arthritis.
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