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Samantha Whiteside

Student, Microbiology and Immunology

Samantha Whiteside was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis at age two and spent four years battling the disease before going into remission. At 16, she swam across Lake Ontario, raising more than $50,000 for The Arthritis Society and missing the women’s world record by a mere 71 seconds. In the years since, Samantha has been named one of Youth in Motion’s Top 20 Under 20 and represented Canada at the Beijing Olympic Youth Camp in 2008. Samantha is currently symptom-free and working towards a Masters degree in Microbiology and Immunology at Western University
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I Was a Two Year Old With Arthritis

My struggle with arthritis began when I stopped walking at two years old. At that age, I should have been running around and exploring the world, so the abrupt change in my behavior was a frightening shock for my family. It wasn't until we spent a night in the emergency room that we learned what was happening -- I had juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Now I work to spread the message of The Arthritis Society.
06/06/2012 05:10 EDT