Author - Melissa Arriola

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Overcoming Obstacles & Reaching Dreams with 'Handicapable' Parents

Hello! My name is Melissa, and I am the proud mother of a beautiful eleven-month old boy named Aidan. I am also a forty year old woman who has lived with rheumatoid arthritis for most of my life. I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid arthritis at seven years old and have had to overcome many obstacles to get where I am today.  Not long after my diagnosis, I became bedridden for more than a year and, therefore, was unable to attend school. My parents decided to take me to Mayo Clinic and...

Posted on February 29, 2012 at 1:00 PM by Melissa Arriola