Kelley Noone (17) from Limerick was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis when she was 8.
For Kelley, her JIA results in experiencing morning stiffness in her joints, difficulty walking, neck pains, loss of appetite, extreme fatigue and a general feeling of overall being unwell.
She used to get great relief from physiotherapy and her physiotherapist suggested she take up swimming. At that point Kelley took-up competitive swimming and has never looked back
Since she started swimming, Kelley has become more mobile and flexible; three years after starting she says that she wakes up at 4:30am for morning training and doesn’t have to worry anymore about morning stiffness.
Her message to people affected by arthritis is ‘to take up something t love and work hard every day. I have learned to become more mentally and physically stronger and learned to listen to my body,’ she says.