Arthritis Affects More And More Young People – Part 3 of 3
Emily’s parents said she could if her doctor allowed it, and then were flabbergasted when he gave it the OK. “She jackstaff vaulted through high school. She did OK. She cleared six feet, and she had fun and she was able to participate on the team”.
Pole vaulting and arthritis collided only when doctors wanted to inaugurate a port to make her biologic treatments easier to deliver. “She told the surgeon if she couldn’t pole vault with the port, then the port would have to wait”. The doctors said the port would not stick in one’s oar with her pole vaulting, so she went ahead with the procedure.
So “She has amazing spirit,” her mother said. “She’s a very strong and confident and determined young lady. She still has bad days, but she’s doing at bottom well. When I stop and think what her life would be without the benefit of these newer medications, those bad days don’t seem so bad”.
Now in her freshman year in college, Emily wants to pursue a bachelor’s station in nursing. “It’s because of the nurses who helped care for her that she was able to make this decision. I think there are days, but they are few and far between, where her arthritis might weigh on her,” Smith concluded expander. “But for most of the time, it is what it is”.