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Arthritis Support Network launched: 2014
Arthritis Support Network Leader: Rocio Type of Arthritis: Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
About this Arthritis Support Network:
Support, connection and encouragement for people living with Arthritis in the Prime of Life
Hello this is Rocio and I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. I started showing symptoms at 8 years old, but it took them about two years to finally diagnose me with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. I sometimes think of how my life has been affected by arthritis and yes, it makes me sad, but over the years I have also learned to adapt and make changes so that my Arthritis does not control my life. You can say I am a success, despite the many obstacles in my life and believe me, I have many, not just JRA. I achieved my goal of earning a Masters degree and I am also married to a lovely man that loves me and accompanies me to the AI events and supports me emotionally. Because of my physical limitations and my deformities, I grew up listening to people talk about how difficult it was going to be for me in life and assuming that I would always be dependent of others. I heard as others spoke of what my life would be like as a grown up and I am so happy to say IT IS NOTHING LIKE THEY PREDICTED! I am happy with who I have become and what I have achieved. I can stand on my own two feet and if I should need help in the future I know I have my husband and my family to help out.
Arthritis is a part of my life and despite the many years of experience I sometimes still struggle with the ups and downs of this darn disease. Arthritis Introspective validates my frustration and helps me keep on going. I may feel alone once in awhile but I am not. I have my AI sisters and brothers that understand me without me having to say much. I love the conferences and how I feel around my extended family. I am excited about our local support network (San Francisco/Bay area) and hope we can help others who feel as lost and confused as I did when I was newly diagnosed. I am eager to meet new faces and explore resources that will enrich our lives. I am hoping that we can also create that same feeling the conference provides us...the feeling of family, acceptance and courage to keep on going. Anything is possible and living with arthritis does not need to be ALL about Arthritis but you do need to pay attention to it and learn to recognize the symptoms and the different ways this disease can take over your life if you let it. We are here to help you fight back and win some rounds against the evil auto-immune foe. I look forward to meeting new friends and seeing old friends at the next AI gathering. Feel free to write or approach us during the next AI gathering and/or conference.
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