Faith was unwell as a baby with a cough aged 3 weeks and was admitted to hospital for overnight obs at 5 weeks, 2 weeks later she was able to come home having been very poorly and CF was tested. Although they initially said she did not have it she was re-admitted aged 7 months as she had consistently had a cough and this time things looked like there was no hope as she was so poorly and weak, after a lot of deliberating and pleading Faith was retested for CF and the results were positive, although this was sad and not what I hoped for, it also gave us something to treat and know what we were dealing with. Faith has had long periods of illness followed by really good years.
Faith was doing well but at the age of 10 she developed severe hip and knee pain, she was admitted to hospital for pain management and following lots of tests we were referred to the team in Southampton to see if they could find an answer, even more test followed and finally at the age of 12 we were given conformation that the pain which had spread to her shoulders, wrists and ankles was in fact Juvenile Idiopatic (meaning in more than 1 joint) Arthritis. Faith has had her joints injected with steroids and although this has helped she still suffers with mobility at times when the condition 'flares up'.
Through all this Faith remains positive and with good cause has her down days but mainly only sees the positive in things.She has also had her appendix out in an emergency operation at the age of 9.