Max Schlater

11 years old
Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

Max takes chemo every week but lives every day in pain for lack of funds for treatment. Max’s story started when he was 5 days old. He got a fever of 104 and ended up in the NICU for a week with tests like a spinal tap and a lot of blood works. They never found out then what was wrong with him then. After that he was growing like a normal healthy little boy until we started to feed him baby cereal which he couldn’t keep done or anything else for that matter. So I had to continue breastfeeding him til he was 8 months old and he could tolerate vegetables and fruit.Because of his big sister Natalie who was allergic to dairy I never introduced that but didn’t think of gluten which we found out at age 11 and after having severe diarrhea every day he also has an gluten allergy. And when Max was about 8 or 9 he started to get what I thought was growing pains but I couldn’t get him checked at a doctors office because I didn’t have any insurance for any of us and because I’m a single mom I never had the money to take him. I kept on giving him pain killers hoping and praying that it would take the pain away, but that only led to an ulcer! Poor Max!! I felt terrible! And a little more than a year ago a got my kids on the healthy kids plan and Max was complaining about his ankle and it was swollen so I took him to see his new Pediatrician Dr Kristin Brown and I also told her about Max’s severe pain in his legs and that he had a hard time walking. She told me because it wasn’t swollen on both sides it looked more like rheumatoid arthritis but lets take some test first. A couple of days she called me back and told me that what we feared the most was true! We now was refered to the JRA speciallist at CHOC whcich is still trying to find a way to easy Max’s pain. He is now on a weekly dose of chemo which is making him very tired and sometimes he feels worse than others and the sad part is that he is still in pain. My poor little guy is taking more meds than a 80 year old! Even though he doesn’t have cancer he has an illness that will never will be cured but hopefully with your help his life quality will greatly improve! As his mom I feel powerless most of the time with no money for the treatments that he needs and even though I work 24/7 I never have enough for bills and rent because of all the necessities my son needs is so expensive nore do I have the time to take him because I can’t afford to take the time off work. If there is anyone out there who can help me I would be forever grateful!
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