Arthritis Support Network Leader(s)

Karen Hawes

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.

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Arthritis Support Network launched: 2016

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

About this Arthritis Support Network: 

My goal is to offer a place for those of us with rheumatoid disease and all forms of arthritis to come and share their stories and successes. Life has so much to offer. I feel that we can help each other face it head on. There is no support group in my area, that I could find. I am a people person and enjoy meeting new folks. This will be a great way to find and give support with others.

About: Karen

I was diagnosed with RA in 2012. It came on suddenly and PAINFULLY. Up until then I had been pretty healthy and active. I had osteoarthritis in my right knee so, in 2011, I had a knee replacement so I could continue to play golf.

With the onset of RA, I have not been able to play again.....YET! That is still my goal. My biggest frustration has been not being able to get on the floor and play with me young grandchildren. (well....I could get down there but getting up would not be pretty.
Through it all I have tried to maintain my life style and my sense of humor. Some days that is not easy...but then...you understand. Right?

I am an RN...a great career. I cannot imagine having done anything else. I have done 'floor' nursing, education and Middle Management. Middle Management was my niche. I loved it. My communication and people skills went along way to help in that work.

My journey with RA has been typical: Pain, frustration, limitations, need for support and the struggle to find the right med regimen. I have vowed to not let it define who I am nor keep me from doing what I like. I look forward to sharing and learning with others.

 

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