Episode 66 - Resilience Strikes a Chord: A 13 Year Old’s Story
Join host Natasha on this week's heartwarming episode of Take a Pain Check, as she sits down with Isabella, a remarkable 13-year-old girl who shares her inspiring journey with Lupus, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, and Sjogren’s. Isabella's story began during the pandemic, when she experienced excruciating pain in her elbows at the tender age of 9. Initially hesitant to see a doctor, she attributed the pain to her extracurricular activities. However, after her hands turned purple due to Raynaud's, she finally sought medical help.
In this episode, Natasha and Isabella discuss the challenges faced by vulnerable patients and their families during the diagnosis process. Isabella shares how she was dismissed in the clinical setting, but her resilience and determination led her to make the necessary lifestyle changes. She talks about how she embarked on a medication journey which had its ups and down. She also discusses her journey with using mobility aids from a young age. Despite the obstacles, Isabella's unwavering spirit shines through, as she adapted to homeschooling with her sister and found support from her family and close friends.
Isabella also shares how she used music and humor to cope with her pain, despite the challenges with her hands when she played piano. Her advocacy journey and involvement with the Arthritis Society, including attending their yearly camp and kids' programs, are also discussed. Isabella's story of hope and perseverance will inspire you to live life to the fullest, even in the face of adversity. So, don't miss this episode of Take a Pain Check, and join Isabella on her journey towards living her best life!