For TV presenter Jörg Pilawa (56) and his wife Irina it was a shock at the time: At the age of two, doctors diagnosed their daughter Nova with rheumatism. At that time, she was in great pain and did not want to get up, explains Pilawa on RTL.
“Until we ourselves were affected, I thought that rheumatism was an old-age disease,” says the popular moderator, looking back on 2013, when his daughter began to feel the first symptoms.
“It is of course a terrible moment when you have your two-year-old daughter, who is actually a happy nature, in bed in the morning, where she cries in pain and does not want to get up,” recalls the moderator.
“Thought this was an old-person disease”
A little later, daughter Nova was diagnosed with rheumatism. A painful joint inflammation that keeps coming back in flares. When Pilawa speaks in the RTL interview, tears almost come to him. So much have these memories burned into them.
Pilawa is now happy that his daughter (10) is doing better again. Back then it was anything but easy and changed the life of the whole family. But daughter Nova “didn’t let anything stop her,” said Pilawa proudly, despite the serious illness.
However, the fear was always a companion that the rheumatism attacks would return. “At some point I made it clear to myself that you just have to love and enjoy the time when the thrust isn’t there,” explains Pilawa. whose wife Irina was always a great support.
Pilawa’s daughter is now symptom-free
Pilawa now wants to draw attention to this “old-person disease”, which can also affect young people. It is crucial that the sick should not be wrapped in cotton wool. “Resting is actually always the worst. You have to get moving,” says Pilawa.
Daughter Nova has meanwhile been given medication by the doctors. According to the circumstances, she is doing well, although this disease can accompany people for a lifetime. Nova gets an injection every week. She is now symptom-free because she was diagnosed with rheumatism early on.