Arthritis Support Network launched: 2017
Arthritis Support Network Leader: Donna Type of Arthritis: Rheumatoid Arthritis
About this Arthritis Support Network:
I would like to see people brought together to support and learn from each other. I would like to see speakers brought in to cover a wide range of topics that are helpful to us. Doctors, fitness professionals that understand the issues we have staying active and fit. Education is awesome but, having fun and social time is a big part. This will help us get to know each other better, while doing something fun. Making friends with in the group is a big key. The more comfortable you are with each other, the better you can share and WANT to be a part of the group.
My name is Donna, and I have been diagnosed since 2012. I live in Algonquin and I became worried when I started getting lumps on my fingers. Well that lead to lots and lots of blood work, doctor visits and lots of tests. I have RA, Osteoarthritis, Sojourns, Cryoglobulinemia, and last but not least Fibromyalgia. As I look back now, I see many things that are symptoms of these. But like the saying goes, hindsight is 20/20. So I just continue to look forward--Working toward making my life as active as possible.
I have been married for 44+ years to a supportive man. Yes, he gets frustrated that he cannot fix me, but helps all he can. We have 2 kids, Mike and Ash . Both are living on their own. Since Tony and I are empty nesters, we enjoy riding our Harleys, and yes I ride my own, and target shooting. We enjoy spending time together.
I use to work in Youth Ministry, and then drove a school bus for criminal high school kids. Since the bus job is early hours, bad weather, and not knowing how I am feeling day to day, I am now a stay at home doggie mom. I have a boxer, Whole Lotta Rosie, and a poodle, Scooby Doo! I enjoy crafting, knitting, crocheting, scrapbooking, sewing, and whatever else peaks my interest.
I am looking forward to meeting you and having a place where we all can share, become friends, and have a great time. Since I was diagnosed I only have the support of my family and health team. I feel kind of out there on my own. If I feel this way, there must be others too. I can tell my family how I feel, but they truly do not know how it feels to walk in my shoes. To be able to connect with others is very affirming. It’s that sense of community of others to be able to share, learn, and support each other. We are on the road for all of our lives, it will be nice to have others to travel the path with.
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