All Grown Up with JRA / Stefanie’s Road to Motherhood
Since Stefanie debuted All Grown Up with JRA in January of this year, she has already begun to establish herself as a resource for those newly diagnosed patients who are seeking advice or are in need of support. Her blog features her experiences, feelings, and tips about living as an adult with JRA. In the future she intends to share her journey of pregnancy and parenting as well. Beyond her blogging efforts, Stefanie also felt it was her duty to share her story with the Arthritis National Research Foundation after reading about fellow blogger and Cure Arthritis ambassador, Andrew Lumpe, Ph.D., creator of Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Having managed her JRA her whole life, Stefanie cherishes the unique perspective that she believes her disease has given her. Whether it’s her ability to recognize what truly matters in life, remain calm under stress, live completely in the moment, or simply enjoy every aspect of her life, she has emerged from the challenges of her disease with a relentlessly positive attitude. Though she admitted that she still has days where she struggles just like anyone else, she knows that her arthritis is no match for her upbeat nature.
“Often patients with chronic illnesses are taught not to complain and to put on a tough face all the time,” Stefanie shared. “It’s okay to say ‘Arthritis Sucks!’ because sometimes it does. However, being able to keep a positive outlook in life will enable you to overcome the rough patches.”
Through creating her new blog and sharing her story with ANRF, Stefanie is well on her way to ensuring that young women like her have access to the resources they need to feel confident about navigating the road to motherhood. Stefanie’s ardent blog readers can trust that any content she shares will be filled with wisdom, strength, and heaps of positivity.
“My intention is for my blog not to be about how my JRA has affected me, but rather about what I have done to affect it,” her blog reads. “Although I have not known any life besides one with JRA, I would not ask for it any other way.”
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