Helpful Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Lessons We Can All Learn From This Heroic Mom

I cannot get enough inspiration from Moms and Dads who are heroically trying to find answers when their children are sick—and doctors are scratching their heads!

I read about a mom whose daughter suffered for several months and was eventually hospitalized. I applaud her efforts to inspire us all!

You can read her post here.

Back in 2010, Amanda’s daughter developed a red rash on her birthday. When Amdanda took her daughter to the doctor, he dismissed it as harmless and sent them on their way.

But things when waaaay south when her daughter spiked a fever of 104 that lasted for days. Weeks.

Despite being diagnosed and treated with antibiotics for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, the daughter’s symptoms failed to respond—well, duh, yeah, obviously, that’s not what the little girl had.

Her brave mom refused to accept the diagnosis and put the pedal to the metal, got in the car with her husband, and drove to a specialty clinic for children in Massachusetts.

Once there, the little six year old girl underwent a variety of tests and got a proper examination by a team of informed specialists and bada bing, was referred back to North Carolina to another specialty hospital (another long drive—yes, they drove!).

There, the family FINALLY received a diagnosis of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis!

This mom and dad have balls! They have the fire in their bellies that I wish we ALL had—to have courage to challenge doctors for the answers we ALL deserve when we’re sure things just aren’t right!

Rock on Moms! Rock on Dads!

Alisha Stone

Alisha Stone

Alisha Stone has a BA in psychology and is dedicated to improving the lives of others living with chronic illnesses.

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