Four Years Ago

….life looked like this.


This was October half term 2010.  Just a mere 4 years ago.  A short 12 months before this little lady was diagnosed with JIA.



Oh how our lives have changed since then.  No more weekly gymnastics, weekly trampolining classes and horse riding lessons.  No more days spent at the farm looking after a horse for the day in school holidays.  No more going to Wales and down to the local riding centre and trotting along the beach on the back of a horse.  Riding through the sea as the casual waves come in to shore.


All this changed as these activiies, instead of bringing joy and happiness brought pain and tears.  Discomfort for days after.


No more doing fun things she enjoyed.  Things they both enjoyed as that would not be fair for The Girl to watch her Brother doing something she loved to do.  By default they both miss out on so many things.


Now time is spent doing daily physio exercises to build up muscle strength and limit damage for the future.


Today, we are at the Doctors having more blood tests done before we visit the Consultant next week.


There is no cure for JIA.  Although we have hit out target of £100, which we are so very grateful for, we would still like to raise more funds to find a cure to this deliberating illness.  Please donate if you can and if donating is not possible for you right now due to personal circumstances we would appreciate it if you could spread the word to help raise awareness.

You can read more about our journey here.

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Kids get arthritis too and we MUST find a cure.

Raising funds for:

Arthritis Research UK

Arthritis Research UK

Charity Registration No. 207711
Arthritis Research UK is the charity leading the fight against arthritis. More than 1 in 6 people are affected by arthritis, it is the biggest cause of pain and disability in the UK. We’re working to take the pain away and to help people remain active, doing the things they love.


  1. 28 October, 2014 / 7:43 am

    Is JIA a type of arthritis that affects young children? I’m so sorry she has it and it must have come as a big shock. I know how hard it is with adults so must be even tougher with kids. Excellent cause though and I will donate xx)

    • Candace
      28 October, 2014 / 2:32 pm

      Yes, its basically Rheumatoid Arthritis in under 16s

  2. 28 October, 2014 / 9:00 pm

    So sorry to read how much things have changed for her and for the whole family – it makes sense that it would affect your son indirectly too.
    Good luck with the fundraising.

    • Candace
      29 October, 2014 / 1:26 pm


      It has had a big impact on all of us but has made us closer & stronger as a family

  3. 31 October, 2014 / 9:36 am

    So hard for her suffering, but also for the rest of the family missing out. You often don’t realise the wider impact on one person having an illness has on the whole family.

    Great cause

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