Stories of Hope

Monica Laureen Johnson

I have had Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis since the age of 3. I am 34 years old now and have undergone 4 total joint replacements due to this disease. I have a fake ankle, two fake knees and a fake hip. I am almost a bionic woman! Stem cell research would be able to find a cure for this horrible systemic autoimmune disease. Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and other childhood rheumatic diseases affect almost 300,000 children nationwide. Maybe some day with the help of stem cell research, they will be able to replace my fake joints with real ones again and fix my immune system so it stops attacking my own joint tissues. For the children of the future, please support Prop 71 so that one day there will be a complete cure for Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis... this is my ultimate wish!