CO - Colorado Springs

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Arthritis Support Network launched: 2017

Arthritis Support Network Leader: Gary               Type of Arthritis: Rheumatoid/Osteo

About this Arthritis Support Network:   

Colorado Springs Arthritis Support Network is a face to face, peer led support group for adults living with any form of arthritis and rheumatic disease. Our mission is to connect with individuals for the purpose of education and empowerment. Through educational meetings and recreational activities we will address the emotional, social, and physical challenges of living with arthritis. Periodically we will have guest speakers who will discuss such subjects as medicines, diet, exercise, insurance, etc. Join us for the enlightening information and the opportunity to share with others who understand.

About: Gary

I was a painting contractor in my fifties when I began dealing with incredible pain in my feet and a debilitating fatigue that came out of nowhere. After months and months of seeing doctors who did all kinds of tests, the pain doctor concluded there was not anything physically wrong with me and that I was just seeking pills. He told me even the blood work shows that my rheumatoid factor was within “normal” limits. Back at the podiatrist’s office one day I described what was happening to me and he explained that a body can have RA even though their blood work may show their RA factor is within “normal” limits. It’s called seronegative arthritis. Off I went to a rheumatologist who confirmed what the podiatrist suspected, I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, AKA Rheumatoid Disease…arthritis is only one symptom. For me to say “I” have a rheumatoid disease is not actually correct as it has affected my wife’s life every bit as much as my life, we have RD.

A year or so after my diagnoses I came to realize just how misunderstood Rheumatoid Arthritis is and just how much suffering goes on because of the ignorance about RA. Now I am passionate about awareness and helping others who have autoimmune diseases.

My wife Susan and I live in Colorado Springs and enjoy spending time with our children and grandchildren. I enjoy being outdoors gardening, fishing, walking our pup Lulu Belle or launching rockets with grandchildren. I also enjoy woodworking, painting, puzzles, and watching movies.

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Comments

Submitted by Mary D on

Hi,  Does anyone know of a weekly or monthly support group for R. A. In Colorado Springs or Manitou Springs?

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Submitted by Gary on

Hi Mary - My name is Gary Davenport and I volunteer

with the Arthritis Foundation. I co-lead a support group here

in the Springs for adults living with all types of arthritis, and 

their loved ones. Currently we get together once or twice a month

for educational, and social activities and for the opportunity to connect with

others who understand the challenges of living with these diseases

can bring. Our next scheduled meeting is May 1st, if you like 

I would be more than happy to meet with you over a cup of coffee

before then. Briefly Mary, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid

Arthritis 8 years ago, I’m 61 years young, and my wife of twenty

five years, and I, live in Cragmor by UCCS. 

Gary 719-216-5318 / gary@arthritisintrospective.org

If this is something you might be interested in I’d be more than happy  

to connect with you.

Sincerely,

Gary Davenport 

 

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Goals

Live Yes! Arthritis Network provides personalized help and support to Adults living with all types of arthritis and rheumatic conditions and Parents/Guardians of children living with arthritis. Our programs offer opportunities for connection, education and empowerment via support groups, online community and conferences.

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