A self-help guide for youth, Juvenile Arthritis: The Ultimate Teen Guide is also useful to family members, friends, and caregivers of those suffering from the disease. Author Kelly Rouba has prepared a truly comprehensive resource without making it overwhelming, in order to help those who have the disease lead the best life possible. As someone diagnosed with a severe form of juvenile arthritis at the age of two, Rouba is very familiar with how difficultphysically and emotionallyit can be to live with this chronic illness.
Readers get an overview of juvenile arthritis from the point of view of teenagers and their parents, and the book also includes discussions related to diagnosis, symptoms of the disease, its history, and various related conditions. Treatment options are also provided, as well as tips on how to adapt to life with the disease including exercise, diet and therapy. A list of applicable Web sites and other helpful resources is included at the end of most chapters.
About the Author
Kelly Rouba is an author, writer, and public relations professional, who was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at age two. She is also a member of the Arthritis National Research Foundation's Advisory Board.
Table of Contents
1 The Personal Side of Juvenile Arthritis 1
2 What Is Juvenile Arthritis? 9
3 The Bigger Picture: Arthritis-Related and Secondary Conditions 31
4 Treatment Options: From Medicine to Surgery 55
5 Exercising and Maintaining a Proper Diet 91
6 Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy 127
7 Managing Your Physical and Mental Health 155
8 Moving Forward: Adapting Your Life 193
9 Looking Toward the Future 231
Appendix A Assistive Devices 247
Appendix B Research Initiatives 255
About the Author and Illustrator 287