The following is an excerpt from Johnson-Wright’s forthcoming memoir, The Earthbound Tomboy.

A young Heidi Johnson-Wright inspires potential donors with pitiful tales about the miseries of growing up with juvenile arthritis.

A young Heidi Johnson-Wright inspires potential donors with pitiful tales about the miseries of growing up with juvenile arthritis.

I’m sitting in a wooden chair four feet above the ground. The chair is moving, and in a rather unsteady fashion. My hands are sweating and I’m a nervous wreck. I don’t li