IN - Madison-Hamilton County

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Arthritis Support Network launched: 2017

Arthritis Support Network Leader:  Ann              Type of Arthritis: Rheumatoid Arthritis

Arthritis Support Network Leader:  Diana            Type of Arthritis: Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Peripheral Artery Disease

About this Arthritis Support Network:     

We would like to provide a compassionate support group that is open for discussion and promotes a healthy atmosphere where people can share their experiences and challenges. We would like to help those in our group find resources in their community.

We want it to be a place where anyone, adult, with any type of arthritis feels comfortable to ask, answer, and interject ideas or questions. We do not claim to be a doctor and I’ll be sure that participants know that. We will also let them know that Diana has been a survivor/warrior in this battle for 44+ years, so far. We plan to educate, a minimum of 2 times per year.  We also plan to have FUN. We feel that FUN is one thing that all types of arthritis warriors lack. Of course, we would do things that our group is capable of doing.  We want our time together to be enjoyable and educational.  We just really want for our members to be able to "maybe" forget arthritis for the time we are having fun.

About:  Ann

Hello! My name is Ann.  I am married to a wonderful and supportive husband. He was my High School crush, and when I moved back to hometown, we reconnected. We married and raised our five children together. I love spending time with my family, gardening, canning, baking and quilting.

I am an RN, but not currently working. My desire is to help those who are newly diagnosed and those who have been dealing with a rheumatic or arthritic condition. When I found out I had RA, I was unable to find any support group anywhere in my area. I felt like I was swimming upstream and unable to unravel the information I had. I needed help and support. I believe having a group like this would have helped me immensely. My desire is to provide evidence-based information in warm, compassionate setting and to be a sounding board for those who need one. There is an additional component that I would add: it is that being diagnosed with a rheumatic disease is not a sentence to a life of pain, but it is time to find a new normal and learning how to pace oneself

I am leading an Arthritis Support Network because it's very simple solution to the fact that there are no groups in my area like these Arthritis Support Networks. None of the hospitals in Indianapolis have any either.

About:  Diana

HI! My name is Diana, after 44+ years of JRA, I do feel that I have a strong arthritis base. I still learn new things along the way, however; I do have many years’ experience. When I did work, I was a Certified Medical Assistant; I worked in Rheumatology for nearly 13 years. I feel that is my ace in the whole because if I can't find it, my friend and Dr, the Rheumatologist, will point me in the right direction. I've got one child, a boy, which was a huge help to me when I worked and tried to be a single Mom with JRA. My new husband, almost 25+ years now, helps me tremendously. Ann is great support, too!

I am joining Ann in leading an Arthritis Support Network in your area because I feel that this area really needs a group! Some people don't want anything to do with it but I believe they are a minority. Us arthritis “warriors” need help sometimes and can give help sometimes. That would benefit our area so much. My co-leader, Ann, is new at this "game" so she reads all that she can find. She asks me lots of questions and we are sure that she is not the only one! Even "old dogs can learn new tricks" so that's what has peaked my interest!


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Submitted by David McKee on

I joined your group to stay current on what's going on near my hometown of Anderson.  

I was diagnosed at age 4 in 1968.  I lived in Anderson my entire childhood through highschool graduation.

I attended Vincennes and Indiana State Universities and worked in Greenfield, Anderson, Marion and Indianapolis until 2012 when I moved to southern California for a job,  I still live in SoCal.

I hope to see both of you at the 10th annual gathering.  



Arthritis Support Network Leader(s)

Ann & Diana


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