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New self-help resources for parents of children with arthritis

Arthritis affects some 1,500 children in Quebec

March is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month and The Arthritis Society, in collaboration with the Centre hospitalier de l’Université Laval (CHUL), is offering a new self-help program called AIDE entrAIDE to parents of children with juvenile arthritis who wish to share their experience with peers in a similar situation. This service will provide them with support, relevant disease information, essential resources, active listening and the opportunity to be matched with a parent who has already gone through the process of learning to cope with his or her child’s disease.

“Whether you want to become a supporting parent or use the service to get the active listening and support you need, come and see me at the CHUL to find out more about this program”, says AIDE entrAIDE Coordinator Manon Cloutier. “I am available every Monday and Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and I will see you whether or not you have an appointment with your rheumatologist. My office is Suite A1356, and the CHUL is located at 2705 Laurier Blvd., in Québec. You can contact me at 418-656-4141, extension 71356, to set up an appointment.”

Juvenile arthritis

Contrary to popular belief, arthritis is not just a disease of the elderly, but also strikes children. In Quebec, juvenile arthritis (JA) – a chronic condition – affects some 1,500 boys and girls under the age of 16, the equivalent of about one child per school. JA can be defined as a continuous inflammation (pain, stiffness, warmth and swelling) of one or more joints lasting at least six weeks for which no other cause can be found.

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