Kids Get Arthritis Too

Putting on socks, opening the fridge, tucking in the sheets, climbing stairs; not your average, everyday challenges – unless of course, you are diagnosed with juvenile arthritis.  Shelley Rose Pomeroy Cook was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at age four and has been living with the disease for most of her life.  Her case is a unique one though because she spends her time split between America, her home country, and Switzerland, where her parents are based for work.  Living on two continents has shown Shelley two varying sides of living with arthritis and has made her a worldlier person.

Miranda Gerber, now 19, was diagnosed with Polyarticular Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthitis just before she turned two years old.  She, like many children faced with arthritis, underwent social hardships, physical pain, and daily doses of medications that sometimes made her feel worse.  In spite of her past however, and still fighting through arthritis presently, she holds strong and never loses hope that one day things will turn around.  Below, is her story...