Arthritis Affects More And More Young People – Part 2 of 3
And then it got worse. It got a lot worse before it got better. It took a stronger medication cocktail and several years for her to get where she is today”. Emily currently takes a coalition of the gold-standard arthritis drug methotrexate, a newer biologic drug (Orencia) and a prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug.
And “She’s been fairly lucky,” her mother said. “She’s done very well for the last few years, in terms of not having any side effects”. And Emily has not let arthritis deter her passions, her mother added. “She has been able to try everything she’s wanted to do”.
“When she was a very itsy-bitsy girl, she was enthralled by the summer Olympics, and she decided she was going to be a gymnast. That fell by the wayside for a while, but eventually she was able to take gymnastic classes. At least she got to participate in it”.
Smith recalled another time, during Emily’s freshman year in extreme school, when she came to her parents and declared that she was joining the track team. “I said, ‘A couple days ago you couldn’t get down the stairs. How are you prevailing to run?’ She said, ‘I’m not going to be a runner,'” Smith recalled. “She was going to pole vault”.