The average teenage boy is filled with energy and feels like he can take on the world. However, I am most certainly not your average teenage boy; every morning it takes me a good twenty minutes to get moving. My joints creak as I step out of bed. My body requires a “break in” period every day. My hands hurt so bad on occasion that I am incapable of doing the one thing I love, playing guitar. I live with a form of juvenile arthritis known as spondyloarthropathy, which mainly affects the tendons and ligaments. Many people however live with much more severe forms of rheumatoid arthritis that are potentially life threatening. By definition, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, or JRA, is an autoimmune condition that can affect virtually any part of the body, including the skin, eyes, and vital organs. Because arthritis is perceived as an “old persons’” disease, many people disregard how dangerous it can be and who it effects. In actuality, arthritis can hit anyone, at any age; over 300,000 children suffer from various forms of juvenile arthritis in the United States, yet nobody knows about it (Advocating for Kids With Arthritis). Awareness needs to be raised for this overlooked diseased and advocates are desperately needed.