All across the country National Arthritis Awareness Month is being recognized during the month of May with fundraisers of all types. In Dallas the Dallas Arthritis Walk took place on Saturday, May 19.
A family with a special 2-year old took part in that walk, helping to support arthritis research.
Courtney Warren, a cute little red-head, was born with Systemic Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. It’s hard to see a small child struggling with the pain and limitations that arthritis, generally thought of as an “old person’s disease,” brings to her life.
As reported by Andrea Lucia for CBS 11/Dallas-Ft Worth, when Courtney was 10 months old she started walking, but it was soon apparent that not only did she limp, but the act of walking was painful to the youngster.
Courtney endured X-rays, ultrasounds, MRIs, and surgery, before doctors finally diagnosed her with systemic juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, a condition with no known cause or cure.
Courtney now depends on daily injections and medications to control her pain and inflammation. However, ten years ago Courtney might have suffered permanent disability and joint damage.
“The medication she’s on was only developed in the 90′s and that was through research,” said her mother.
The hope, says Courtney’s parents, is that scientists will one day find a way to make Courtney’s medication less painful, more effective – or better yet, unnecessary.
As Courtney begins to draw, print, and write she can benefit greatly by using an ergonomic pen. Children naturally start grasping and holding writing utensils such as crayons by the time they are eighteen months. As children progress from large, sweeping drawings to smaller, finer, handwriting, the practice becomes repetition.
At this point the repetition can cause repetitive stress injuries in all children, and especially in those who suffer from arthritis. The muscles are still developing to support fine motor skills, and the arthritic condition adds further stress to those muscles and tendons.
The UGLee Pen is scientifically designed to support the hand and fingers during any kind of writing activity. Using this type of pen will allow children such as Courtney to learn to enjoy drawing and writing as they perform the functions will a minimum of pain or discomfort.