In his reception room at the state Capitol, Tomblin will address a gathering of health care professionals and those suffering from the disease, presenting facts and statistics specific to the state.
Julie is eager to use her platform to advocate for the more than 1,600 children in the state who are affected by arthritis.
Despite the high number of cases, West Virginia does not have a doctor specializing in pediatric rheumatology. Julie said bringing a children's specialist to the state would be her main priority.
She also wants people living with disease to know there is hope. She manages her own chronic pain by working out regularly with a personal trainer, eating healthy food and attempting to keep her stress level low.
Even after receiving her diagnosis while she was a student West Virginia University, she continued to run track and was able to remain competitive.
"Yes, I have chronic arthritis, but I don't let it control my life," she said. "It hasn't stopped me."
To read more about Warden's advocacy work and struggle with her disease, visit her blog: http://reigningoverarthritis.blogspot.com/.
For more information on the West Virginia Branch of the Arthritis Foundation visit: http://www.arthritis.org/.
Contact writer Charles Young at charles.yo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1796.