Posted 5/23/2014 8:52 AM (GMT -7)
Katjie, my son has had arthritis since he was 10, diagnosed at 12. He is 32. I am really saddened to hear about Martin. I think the biggest thing for my son is knowing he is accepted by peers and younger people with his limitations, which are pretty severe. He is not as bad as martin, but it sounds like Martin may not have gotten any care or support when it started. We have always been as aggressive with treatment as we can to keep Jake as functional as possible for as long as possible.
I think just the fact that he knows you care about him, regardless of his problems, means the world to him. Reading to him, keeping his mind active with crosswords, or any puzzles, where you can do the writing and he can do the thinking, if you can get him out once in awhile.
My son has a very small circle of friends that he has had for a very long time, but he has a big shell. He knows he will always have our support and love, but it is essential to have the support and acceptance of friends. I think you are a wonderful person!