Topeka (WIBW) - 16-year old Hannah Pickering keeps a smile on her face, despite days she often moves in pain.
Hannah is among the 3,000 children in Kansas who have juvenile arthritis. The disease affects 300,000 children nationwide.
Arthritis is a disease of the joints and something sets off an inflammation. There is no cure, but treatments are available to address the symptoms of pain and swelling in the joints.
Dr. Carol Lindsley is the only juvenile rheumatologist in the state. Based out of KU Med, she travels around Kansas, meeting with patients at locations including Stormont-Vail in Topeka.
Dr. Lindsley says juvenile arthritis can be managed well with early diagnosis and treatment. Without early diagnosis, she says, children can suffer permanent joint damage.
You can hear the inspiring stories of some young people in our area overcoming juvenile arthritis and learn what the future holds in treating the disease with a WIBW-TV special program, "Taking Control: Living with Juvenile Arthritis."
It airs at 7 pm Monday Sept. 13 on WIBW-TV. The Arthritis Foundation partnered on the program.