Everyone has heard of it. Someone’s grandma or grandpa has it, and it’s a disease of the elderly, right? Wrong.
Did you know that kids get arthritis too? That they can even be born with it? Three in 1000 children are diagnosed with this life-altering disease, and at least one of those children lives right here in Trail.
Cindy and Adam Belleperche’s daughter, Zoe, was diagnosed with Juvenile Ideopathic Arthritis (JIA) in February of last year. Zoe was just 5 at the time.
It was a shocking diagnosis, and one that started an unanticipated journey for the entire family that included trips to BC Children’s Hospital, doctor’s offices to see pediatric rheumatologists, and many other medical appointments.
It also led them to become a part of the Walk to Fight Arthritis in Trail, taking place on June 4. As a mom and a nurse, Cindy wants to be able to share…