It's often said having a chronically ill child is a full time job. And I believe it completely. Whilst they may not experience the pain their child goes through physically, parents see their child in pain and ill more than most people can imagine. They experience good days and bad days. And they are the ones who have to comfort and stay calm for their child through stressful and negative periods. It's heartbreaking.
I tend to forget how much my mum is hurting too. Every time I realise it, it hits me like a ton of bricks. Every time I see her eyes get watery when the Enbrel causes pain. Every time someone complains about having a little ache and she tells them her daughter has juvenile arthritis. Every time I realise she plans things around my abilities so I can have fun too. Everytime I see her fight to get what I need to be without pain. I could go on and on but I'd rather not.
To all the mums, dads, siblings, and supportive family and friends of people with arthritis- thank you. You're so strong for carrying the pains that arthritis gives. We couldn't do it with out you.