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Living with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
From the Set Chronic Conditions
Introduces readers to the disease of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, its causes, how it affects the body, and what it's like to live with the disease.
- Do You Know Someone Who Has Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis?
- What Is JRA?
- What Causes JRA?
- What's It Like to Live with JRA?
- What Can We Do about JRA?
- Will We Ever Cure JRA?
- Questions and Answers about JRA
- Helping a Friend Who Has JRA
- Did You Know?
- How to Learn More about JRA
A noteworthy review of Living Well from School Library Journal on March 1, 2003
Each of these titles leads off with an introduction to a young person who has the featured disease. Subsequent chapters explain the physiology of the illness, what causes it, and what it’s like to live with it. Concluding sections look at possible treatments and potential cures. The texts are clear and simple, double spaced, and punctuated by colorful exemplary photos of kids dealing with the disease. Gray provides a surprising amount of information and develops considerable empathy in readers. Paul Pimm’s Living with Cerebral Palsy (RSVP, 1999) and Judith Peacock’s Juvenile Arthritis (LifeMatters, 1999) cover similar territory for this level, but unless you already have them, Gray’s books are excellent choices.
A noteworthy review of Living Well from Booklist on October 15, 2002
Written at a slightly lower level than most books on these subjects, these debut entries in the Living Well series will be helpful to children trying to cope with chronic illness. Both books begin with anecdotes about young people who suffer from the illnesses. Asthma explains the condition and what happens in the body when an attack occurs. Also covered are causes of asthma, medications, and prospects for a cure. The volume on arthritis goes over basically the same kind of territory as it helps readers understand what it is like to live with JRA. Both volumes have clear, well-chosen color photos and are beefed up by a glossary and a bibliography.
Author: Susan H. Gray
Susan Heinrichs Gray holds BS and MS degrees in Zoology from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She also attended the University of Oklahoma in Norman where she studied film production. Mrs. Gray has taught classes in General Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Film Animation, and Graphics for Scientists. She also has worked as a freshwater biologist and scientific illustrator. In her 25 years as a writer, Mrs. Gray has covered a wide range of topics. She has written science books for children, newsletters for business owners, health education materials for patients, and drug reports for pharmaceutical companies. However, she especially enjoys writing nonfiction books for children. This gives her an opportunity to research current events and make them interesting to young readers. Susan enjoys gardening, traveling, and playing the piano. She and her husband, Michael, live in Cabot, Arkansas, with their dog and four cats.