When she was 7 years old, Alexandra started experiencing pain, especially in her feet. At first, her parents thought maybe it was growing pains, or perhaps related to playing sports. It soon became clear that Alexandra had something much more serious when the pain became too much for her to even walk. After being recommended to see Dr. Rafael Rivas-Chacon from Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Division of Rheumatology, Alexandra’s parents learned that she has arthritis.
For years, she has received treatment at Nicklaus Children’s, and today Alexandra is doing much better and has been able to go back to her favorite activities! Not only that, she was also able to attend Camp Funrise, a Nicklaus Children’s Hospital camp designed for patients with conditions like hers. Through the camp, Alexandra realized that she was not alone and that she did not have hide her condition from others.
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