Arthritis Support Network Leader(s)

Ruby & Candice

The goal of Arthritis Introspective is to improve the lives of adults living with arthritis and rheumatic diseases through wellness education, empowerment, and support groups.

IL - Chicagoland

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Arthritis Support Network launched: 2016

Arthritis Support Network Leader: Candice                       Type of Arthritis: Calcium Pyrophosphate Deposition Disease (CPPD), Fibromyalgia

Arthritis Support Network Leader: Ruby                            Type of Arthritis: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Neuropathy & Psoriasis

About this Arthritis Support Network:  

Our vision for this group is to provide an inviting environment for those whose daily lives are impacted by arthritis. We want to create a space where members can educate, uplift and have fun with each other.

About: Candice

I am excited to become an Outreach Relations Specialist (ORS) and help bring an Arthritis Support Network to Chicagoland.  My CPPD (Pseudogout) started to display symptoms at age 19, along with quite a few "secondary" conditions.  So you could say I am well versed in chronic medical trauma. My new hip is likely the first of many bionic parts.  However, I've learned to embrace all of this over time.  I only wish I would have found Arthritis Introspective sooner!

I attended my first AI Gathering last year and it was such a relief to find people "who just get it."  These people who then quickly become extended family. It is quite therapeutic, educational, uplifting...and just flat out fun.  I want to make this experience tangible in my new city.  Our group also plans to provide unique events for those who love someone with a chronic illness.

About: Ruby

Hello, my name is Ruby and I am one of the Outreach Relations Specialist (ORS) for the Arthritis Support Network in the Chicagoland Area. I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) at the age of 20 and within the last 11 years, I have subsequently also been diagnosed with Neuropathy and Psoriasis. I have been married for over 10 years to my husband, Elias and we have two children, Richard (13 years old) and Natalie (8 years old). My son Richard has been living with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) since he was two years old. It has been through him that I have been inspired to get more involved with the Arthritis Foundation and with Arthritis Introspective. I believe in their mission and share their passion for the future and that is why I am so happy and excited to help organize and facilitate an Arthritis Support Network. After attending my first Arthritis Foundation conference, I no longer feel alone and I have seen and felt the importance and the benefit of having a positive, fun, and empowering support system and that is what I hope to create and sustain with our group.

I am currently a part-time substitute teacher and I volunteer on two PTO boards at my children’s schools. I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Roosevelt University in 2012 and I am an Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professional. Before I had to “medically retire” I used to be a domestic violence counselor at a shelter and I used to be a public speaker on domestic violence issues. Unfortunately, my RA has always been very aggressive and constant that it has been very difficult to have a normal everyday job but I love being a substitute teacher and volunteering at my kid’s school.

I have searched for a support group in my area for a long time and I have yet to find one. I am so excited to jump at the chance to create and run one because I know that there is a great need for a support group in my area and all the benefits that people will get by participating in one.

 

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Comments

Submitted by Zina Camblin on

Hello Candice!

 

I would like to join the group!

 

Zina

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Submitted by Ruby & Candice on

It is so important to note that Spouses/Partners/Significant Others, Family and Friends are also encouraged to attend our AI Chicago meetings! Thanks for joining the group.   We intend to provide educational and fun activities for those who love someone with a chronic illness, as Arthritis Introspective does at the National Gatherings.  This has been very insightful and uplifting for everyone in our "tribe."  We look forward to getting more people to join and share their experiences!

Submitted by Justine Gianandrea on

Hi Candice. I'm looking forward to being a part of the group! Please let me know if there are any next steps. 

Thanks!

Justine

 

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Submitted by Ruby & Candice on

Hi Justine!

 

Thanks for joining AI Chicago!  We look forward to meeting you and hearing your story.  Our first meeting will be a meet and greet on Sept 24th at 11am.  Click here to RSVP for the event: https://www.arthritisintrospective.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=578  Hope to see you there!  We'll be sure to send you updates on any future events moving forward thru the email list.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email/call me in the meanwhile.  :)

 

Candice

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Submitted by Jasmine Johnson on
Hello Candice, I would so much like to join a support a support group. R.A. is such an isolated illness and I would like to draw strength from others and vise verca.

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Submitted by Ruby & Candice on

Jasmine, so true my friend!  Welcome to AI Chicago.  I hope you have received my email and Facebook message.  Please let me know if you are having any trouble registering for the group.  There are many of us who share your feelings, which is why these support groups are essential.  You won't feel isolated for long... come out and connect with people who "just get it" and will be empowered by your experiences and stories.  We need you too!  :)  Thanks for reaching out.

 

Candice

Submitted by Mary Nair on

Hi, Candace and Ruby. I was diagnosed with RA about 2 years ago. Really looking for some emotional support on this damp, cold Chicago day. Would be very interesting in attending group meetings if you have them.

 

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