Arthritis Support Network Leader(s)


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.

MA - Chicopee

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Arthritis Support Network launched: 2016

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

About this Arthritis Support Network:  

My vision for this support group is to provide support, education and empowerment to people living with rheumatic diseases in Chicopeee, MA and surrounding areas.  I like meeting and helping people! I hope this group will bring the arthritis community together in our area.

About: Renée

My name is Renée Champagne. I am the Arthritis Support Network Leader for the Arthritis Support Network in Chicopee, Massachusetts. The purpose of the Chicopee Support Group is to provide a fun, safe, empowering place for people living with arthritis and other rheumatic diseases.

I've been living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) for nearly 30 years. I was diagnosed when I was 16 years old. I received my first total joint replacement at 26 years old. Since then I've have had 12 major surgeries to help combat the destruction caused by RA. I have been taking a biologic medication since 2000 and it has helped immensely to keep my RA under control. While being diagnosed with a chronic illness at a young age has been difficult at times, it has made me a more compassionate person. I enjoy helping other people and find much joy by giving back to my community.

I am excited to be a leader for an young & middle-age adult peer support group for people living with arthritis and other rheumatic diseases. I currently also lead a group for people living with depression and/or bipolar disorder. I feel this experience, along with my personal health background makes me a good fit to be a support group leader for people with arthritis.

I am medically retired and spend my time with family, friends, and volunteering. I enjoy meeting new people and making new connections. When I was working, I worked as a healthcare consultant. I believe this aspect of my background will help me to develop interesting educational programs for the Chicopee arthritis group.

If you are living with Arthritis and its related rheumatic conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Juvenile Arthritis, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Psoriatic Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis or Osteoarthritis, and you live in Western Massachusetts, you are welcome to join our group! We here for you whether you have been living with RA like me or are newly diagnosed and you don't know where to start! The Chicopee group is all about support, education, and empowerment in a fun-loving, positive environment!


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