Arthritis Support Network launched: 2007
Arthritis Support Network Leader: Kevin Type of Arthritis: Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
Arthritis Support Network Leader: Tamra Type of Arthritis: Rheumatoid Arthritis
About this Arthritis Support Network:
Together we are empowering people to not just survive with arthritis but to thrive!
I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of ten. Over the last 30 years I learned early that the memories of the physical pains of living with Rheumatoid Arthritis fade, but the emotional pains are not as easily forgotten. I often felt like an outcast struggling with self-esteem and body image issues, it was not until I met another person my age with a similar diagnosis at a support group in Boston when I felt “normal”.
Since that first meeting in Boston I have believed in the power of face to face support and being able to be part of that here in Southern Arizona has been fantastic!
I am originally from Colorado. I moved to New Jersey on a corporate relocation in 2000. After working for a large consumer products company for seven years, I started my first business, Senior Helpers, which allowed me to provide resources for seniors to be able to remain at home and live independently. In 2016, I sold my business and decided to relocate to Tucson to be closer to my parents in Colorado and to also move somewhere that is warm and that I could be active all year.
I started another business shortly after moving to Tucson and am very active in the community. I am a member of the Tucson Breakfast Lions Club, a service organization that raises funds to help local and international causes. We help provide eyeglasses and vision screening to those who don't have the resources to be able to afford it themselves. We also participate in fundraisers to help developmentally disabled and deaf and blind children.
Although I believe that my Rheumatoid Arthritis began around 2013, I was officially diagnosed by a Rheumatologist a few years ago. I have been fortunate to attend some of the Tucson Arthritis Support Network meetings and am grateful for the support I have received as well as any that I have been able to provide to other participants. In the past, I have facilitated an Alzheimer's support group and would like to be more involved with the Tucson Arthritis Support Network.
I am passionate about community service and being able to help others. I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to co-facilitate the Tucson Arthritis Support Network with Kevin Purcell.
I am excited to join Kevin in leading this support group because I am passionate about helping others and serving the community. I also have Rheumatoid Arthritis and would like the opportunity to provide support to others with arthritis.
To join this Arthritis Support Network, please click the "Join this Group” button above and we will send you updates about upcoming events via email.
Planned activities include guest speakers, community events, and social gatherings!
All subscribers to this group agree to adhere to the Support Group Participant Guidelines.