As Childhood Arthritis Awareness Month kicks-off, so does the launch of Teens Taking Charge, a new website that supports teens with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). The website, a first of its kind in North America, is a bilingual (English and French) interactive program designed for youth with JIA and their parents.
Teens and their families identified a need for a reliable information source where they can get answers to their questions. To help, the site was developed by pediatric rheumatology health care professionals together with teens with JIA across Canada, including BC Children’s Hospital and shares information on JIA, treatments, and self-management skills aimed specifically at teens. The site also helps teens with JIA to connect with one-another to share experiences and offer each other support.
Through the site, teens and their parents have access to self- management tools, as well as stories and videos that feature teens with JIA, and health care workers.
“This is a unique resource for youth with arthritis,” said Dr. Lori Tucker, Division of Rheumatology, BC Children’s. “With this site, teens will now know that they are not alone in this – they will be able to connect with teens across North America and advocate for themselves and each other.”
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease with joint pain, stiffness and swelling; it can affect the eye, skin or other body systems. Children and teens with JIA can experience pain that can keep them from daily activities like play, school, or sports.
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helps kids with diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and other rheumatic diseases.