Published: Apr. 23, 2010
Updated: Sept. 13, 2010
Emily was just three years old when she was diagnosed with JRA (juvenile rheumatoid arthritis) -- first in her knees, then hips; then she had problems with her shoulders, ankles, jaw, and eyes (uveitis associated with the JRA).
The pediatric rheumatologists, ophthalmologists, and physical therapists at Duke prescribed medications, taught us how to self-inject some at home, demonstrated strengthening exercises, and stayed by her side when she started receiving IV biologic agents.
Now at 14 years old, a scared little girl who used to cry at the sight of a needle and refused to take her medicine, doesn't dread going to the doctor and takes her medication without any fuss.
A heartfelt thank you to caring physicians who spend a little extra time, explain treatments in layman’s terms and provide thorough answers to questions. In memory of Dr. Debbie Kredich and in honor of doctors Laura Schanberg, Egla Rabinovich, Laura Enyedi, and Lisa Mangino -- thank you so very much for all that you have done and continue to do.
We love you,