Tim Minny shares his story for World Arthritis Day 2017
“I have lived with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, extended oligo-articular form- affecting almost every joint in my body – for most of my life … 14 years to be exact. My initial symptoms involved pain in my right knee, and it took about 9 months to be properly diagnosed.
Arthritis affects my everyday activities in a way where I have to modify how I do things, or I have to do fewer activities or less intense activities over a longer period of time. I may also need days to rest due to pain in my joints, especially after doing intense activities like hiking or playing sport for long periods of time.
Things that help with my arthritis symptoms include heat-packs, painkillers, massages, hot baths or showers, or sometimes just resting seems to lessen the intensity of the pain.
I have enjoyed a long association with Arthritis & Osteoporosis NSW (AONSW). I have been a camper at Camp Footloose for 7 years, and before that I attended Camp Twinkletoes. I also attended Camp Twinkletoes as a camp leader this year. I’m very happy to help AONSW raise awareness of juvenile arthritis, as I want to help other kids like me.”
Click on the image below to watch Tim’s video.