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May 31, 2017
Luke is a 7th grader at Liberty Park Middle School. He is not your typical early teen kid. If there's one thing that everyone who knows Luke can agree on, it's that he has an "old soul". He's always been that way. As a toddler, he didn't care much for toys. He preferred to hang with the adults. I have to remind him sometimes that he's still a kid and it's ok to be one! To make a long story short, he basically has a heart of gold.
In late January of 2017, Luke became ill and hospitalized for a week with some sort of rheumatic inflammatory disease that has yet to be given a proper diagnosis, besides for the umbrella term, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA), formerly known as Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. This is so it wouldn't be confused with or compared to the adult form of RA.
The following months have been a roller coaster ride. We're dealing with a serious, fairly rare illness and there isn't a lot of public information to research.
My first journal entry will detail the onset of the disease and his hospital stay. I'm using this site to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.