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Arthritis Support Network launched: 2017

Arthritis Support Network Leader:  Barb             Type of Arthritis: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Undifferentiated Spondyloarthritis

About this Arthritis Support Network:     

I would like to bring support to adults living with all types of Arthritis. Meeting in a safe and welcoming environment help provide education through their journey of Rheumatic disease. Empower health and well-being in the expression of how it impacts daily living through partnership and social gathering combat isolation and a chance to be a part of a community.

About:  Barb

Hello! My name is Barb.  I am a licensed dental hygienist in Maryland. I have a Masters degree in Acupuncture and bring a holistic approach to my patient care. I am presently taking classes with Johns Hopkins Medicine on Living Well with Chronic Illness. I find learning new things fun. I was diagnosed over three years ago with Rheumatoid Arthritis and other autoimmune challenges. I had symptoms way before I was diagnosed. I saw multiple disciplines of doctors and was told my body tests fine, it must be stress. Pure luck landed me with a Rheumatologist door step. I wish I had better information earlier so I would not have chased after fad or misdirected remedies. I faced many disappointments expecting to restore perfect health. Often I felt lonely not able to keep up with others. I am still a learner in my own personal manifestation of my Arthritis. I am feeling more at home in my body.

I’m starting an Arthritis Support Network in my area because the need is great and no one is stepping up to the plate in this area. I know many patients who have expressed frustration with the lack of knowledge. I have a knack for bring people together. I look forward to tapping into a wealth of knowledge and experience from the Arthritis Support Network.

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Submitted by Justine Harper on
31 year old mother of 2 with Psoriatic arthritis. Diagnosed 8 years ago. As an athlete and general human being, arthritis is mentally daunting. I'd be lying to you if I said, "it gets better." But if I've learned anything over the last almost decade its that your mind is both an unlimited asset and your greatest challenge to hurdle. I've tried all the meds, diets and exercise routines but the best cure out there is your own positive will power to keep moving, forgive your body and accept the love and support of your family. Don't beat yourself up when you feel like sh!t, can't do the things you once knew yourself to be capable of and just feel like breaking down and crying. 8 years later and i still feel this way semi - regularly. Its so easy to lose sight of the struggle and call yourself lazy or worthless. But don't. You are amazing and fighting a battle many people could never understand. You are stronger than you know, even if it's not at the gym. Much love to all you crunchy guys and gals. Fight the good fight - Every. Friggin. Day. Thank you for leading this group. It will be a great resource to all. <3

Submitted by Kim Remesch on

Hi, I've just joined. I've been doing a search for local groups, and I've found little. I found this, but there don't seem to be any events (or members). Am I even in the right place?  

I live in Middle River, and I'm on Medical leave now until early April, but I work full time. 

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Submitted by Sarah R. on

I just now joined too and also recently got diagnosed. I have been looking for a support group too and found this group. There is a Meeting on April 21, which is already this Saturday. I plan to be there and I hope you can make it too. The details are below:

Saturday April 21st, 2018 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM

6300 Georgetown Avenue
Panera Bread
Eldersburg, MD 21784
United States

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Submitted by Sarah R. on

I am a woman in her early 40s that was diagnosed with spondyloarthritis just 2 months ago in Feb 2018. Right now, the arthritis is also affecting my eyes as I also have uveitis. The onset came so suddenly and severely after a trip to Asia and basically left me debilitated for about 2 months. It had such a disruptive effect on my life. I had to go on medical leave from work, and it also affected my relationships and living situation. I would say this has been one of the worst times of my life in the last couple of years. 

The diagnosis hit me like a ton of bricks. So many questions flooded my mind. But more than that, so many emotions took over me. I know arthritis isn't like a death sentence, but to be diagnosed with a chronic pain illness that affects your functioning at the prime of your life still felt like a tragedy. Because unlike other illnesses, you know it's not going away and will progressively get worse. It was hard to wrap my head around that. And I'm still dealing with all the after-effects of the disease and diagnosis now.

Which is why I am reaching out to this network. The first thing I thought was I better find myself a support group of people who understand what I'm going through and who may know more than me how to deal with it. I refuse to be taken over and defeated by this illness so to speak. What I have been doing a lot of that has also helped tremendously is mindfulness meditation. It has literally been a lifesaver and I would like to be able to share that with this group. I look forward to meeting you all and it is good to know that we are not alone. As Buddhism says, pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional. Together, we can help each other through. Thank you and God bless!

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Submitted by Cheryl on

I am new to this group. I just written a bio2 seconds ago and will do it again later. I would like to know when and where is the next meeting. I really feel the need to talk and share and learn. I am one year into RA with Fibromyalgia. I have been dealing with the symptoms for 5 years.i am now moderate. I think I am focus and have accepted what this means, meaning I am no longer in who or angry or disappointed I finally got my husband to stop saying that I look good or why don’t you cook everyday anymore? Thanks

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Submitted by Sarah on

Hi-

I just joined the group:). I am so happy to see that there is a group in Maryland!  I was wondering if there was going to be any meetings coming up?  Thanks so much!  Sarah 

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