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HomeYour HealthConditionsArthritisMikayla’s Story: My Experience with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA)Mikayla’s Story: My Experience with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA)

Published on Sept 20, 2023

Authored by Pfizer Medical Team

Meet Mikayla

In Australia, an estimated 6000 children and teenagers live with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA).1 JIA is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects children and teenagers under the age of 16.2 It is one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood and can cause significant pain, stiffness and swelling in one or more joints.2

It is a challenging disease, but with the right treatment and support, children and teenagers can lead active and full lives.

Mikayla shares her experiences living with JIA, and her advice on how to support a loved one with JIA.


  1. Children & Arthritis. Arthritis New South Wales. Available from: Accessed: 07/09/23
  2. Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA). Arthritis Foundation. Available from: Accessed: 07/09/23

External Resources

  1. Juvenile Arthritis Foundation Australia (JAFA)
  2. Arthritis Australia
  3. Musculoskeletal Australia
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