Arthritis Support Network launched: 2016
Arthritis Support Network Leader: Nomi Type of Arthritis: Rheumatoid Arthritis
About this Arthritis Support Network:
My vision is to create a safe place where everyone can share and feel like they are a part of something not only special, but legitimately positive towards good mental health. Arthritis and Rheumatic conditions are a process and each of us has an individual journey.....Finding the right meds, the proper therapy, the best doctor- it's all a personal process but the end-game is the same....We all want to be able to live our lives in the most normal way possible while feeling the best way possible.
Hello ALL :) My name is Nomi and it's an honor to be an Arthritis Support Network Leader! After years of rationalizing and making excuses for why things were happening to my body, the pain was so bananas that I had to drag my tail to the doctor. Then another one.....then another one......and after many lab tests, I was given the gift of a diagnosis; Rheumatoid Arthritis. First I was relieved because then I knew it wasn't all in my head- but then I was miffed. WHY ME?! I'm a military wife, Mom to 3 amazaball humans and 2 goofy dogs.....lots of stuff going for me- what the heck? But having challenging things thrown my way is nothing new; We've moved 7 times in the last 18 years and I've always tried to make the best of it....Many moons ago, I graduated from Bradley University in Peoria, IL and then 15 years later I went to University of Maryland University College and earned a certificate in Clinical Mental Healthcare. I love my children and get blown away every day by their humor, empathy, intelligence and overall goodness. RA might be the monster that I am currently fighting, but I guarantee that in the end- I'll be the one that wins the battle!
There are a few reasons why I'd like to get this Arthritis Support Network rocking in my community. First, it's a totally selfish reason; if I can help others while helping myself- awesome. Together, sharing, talking, schmoozing, laughing, crying, discussing, educating.....we can do it. To be able to have others around you that can relate to your ups and down is such a powerful thing.....I have been a part of family support groups during times of military deployments/training and it made all the difference in the world. Lastly, since no group has been established, yet, in my area of the country, I thought I'd take the Arthritis Support Network "ball" and run with it.....We can do it!
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