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  1. Miller-Hoover, Suzan MS, RN, CCNS


In the current world of high-tech medicine, some individuals nevertheless experience immeasurable chronic pain daily. Among these are 60,000 to 70,000 children in the United States who have juvenile idiopathic arthritis. The children affected by this disease experience a decreased quality of life and sometimes blindness. Outcome severity in these cases is related directly to the amount of injury to bones, joints, soft tissue, and eyes at the time of diagnosis. There are not enough specialists to ensure timely diagnosis and medications, and although the symptoms of juvenile idiopathic arthritis are treatable, there is no cure. Until timely diagnosis and treatment can be ensured, pain and blindness will continue to be the daily experience of these children.