CA - San Jose

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Live Yes! Connect launched: 2017

Live Yes! Connect Facilitator: Alicia          Type of Arthritis: Rheumatoid Arthritis

About this Live Yes! Connect Group:   

My goal for this Live Yes! Connect group is to find as many people in the Silicon Valley who are living with arthritis and rheumatic diseases, and provide them a safe place to share their experiences without feeling judged or criticizing.

About: Alicia

HI ! I've had RA for over 15 years. I've had 2 hip replacements, 2 ankle fusions and recently a knee replacement and through it all I've managed to still keep working and moving.  I am married with 3 grown sons with families of their own.  I have 6 grandkids, (4 granddaughters and 2 grandsons).  I started a support group in the early 2000s for people with chronic pain.  At the time, I was the youngest one there and often got teased because the average age for this group was about 65 or older and I was in my early 30's.  It lasted about 5 years and we kind of got burned out and found we were really more getting together for lunch (lol). I have often found myself constantly giving advice to people in the early stages of arthritis but I never get to see them again to see if they took my advice.  I hope to be able to meet and inspire other people living with arthritis and help offer them support that they need.  My goal is to help inspire peoples desire.  I would love to get together with like minded people either in person.

I work part time as an Office Manager at the Silicon Valley Black Chamber of Commerce. I also work from home as a travel agent. I love doing that because I love to travel and it keeps my mind in a happy place and it is good for my health.

I am leading a group because for many years after I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, I tried finding a support group in San Jose and was unsuccessful. After years of finding my own way, and giving lots of advice to others, I decided it was time to start a group here in San Jose so that others wouldn't have to suffer in silence like I did. 


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