FL - Western Tampa Bay

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Arthritis Support Network launched: 2018

Arthritis Support Network Leader: Kristen         Type of Arthritis: Rheumatoid Arthritis with overlap symptoms of lupus, Raynaud's

About this Arthritis Support Network:   

I would like to bring an arthritis support network to an area that I believe to be underserved. When diagnosed with RA in 2015, I sought and was unable to find a local support group. I envision this group as a monthly meeting that brings education, support, and empowerment to those managing all forms of arthritis. I would like arthritis warriors to have a place to come together and form lasting relationships, learn valuable coping techniques, and stay informed on issues relevant to their disease.

About: Kristen

My name is Kristen and  I was diagnosed with RA with overlap symptoms of lupus in 2015 after seeking a diagnosis for over two decades. While my disease activity has progressed in recent years, finally receiving treatment coupled with the emotional component of knowing with what I am dealing has provided great relief.

I am 45 years old and married with two chihuahuas. I work in residential real estate sales.

My struggle with diagnosis is the driving force behind my desire to spread awareness about arthritis and autoimmune disease, find ways to provide support to arthritis warriors and participate in fundraising efforts to fund research. I believe that all of these efforts are crucial to improving the lives of people with arthritis.


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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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