Arthritis Support Network Leader(s)

Nicky Mack

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.

MN - Maple Grove

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Arthritis Support Network launched: 2016

Arthritis Support Network Leader: Nicky                     Type of Arthritis: Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

About this Arthritis Support Network:       

My vision for this support group is to provide a safe place for young and middle-aged adults to come together and share their experiences, struggles and successes. My hope is that this group can provide support, community and friendship to those with arthritis and rheumatic conditions.

About: Nicky

Hello! My name is Nicky. I am 37 years old and have had JRA since I was 5 years old. Growing up I did not have access to others who had similar diagnoses and did not meet another with arthritis until I was well into my 20s. As many of you, I struggled growing up feeling alone, left out, and with major body image and self-esteem issues.

I was inspired by a special nurse who administered many of my treatments and decided to become a nurse myself. I currently work full time as a registered nurse, volunteer for Girl Scouts as a service unit manager for the Maple Grove area as well as a troop leader for both of my daughters.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and 3 children, watching movies, playing games, reading books, photography and being outdoors.

If you are living with Rheumatoid Arthritis or other rheumatic conditions such as Juvenile Arthritis, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Psoriatic Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, and are newly diagnosed, a seasoned vet, or somewhere in between, you are invited to join us.  Friends and family are welcome!  I look forward to connecting with you soon!


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Sara Pantzke's picture
Submitted by Sara Pantzke on


My name is Sara, I am 29 years old and have also had JRA since I was 5. I live in St. Cloud, but I see my Rheumatologist in Maple Grove. It is nice to meet you!

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Submitted by Tim McA on

My name is Tim. I'm 61 years old. I developed Rhuematoid Arthritis at age 26. I look forward to meeting everyone!

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Submitted by Jerry on
My name is Jerry and I'm 45 was diagnosed with RA 4-5 years ago still learning about it and all it's wonderful flares and joints, and all that comes with it look forward to meeting you all at next meeting
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Submitted by Faith Fuerza on

Hey all,

My name is Faith, I am 25 years old and was diagnosed at the age of 20 with RA. I recently started seeing a new doctor and am weary of the medication they are wishing to change my prescription to, I was wondering if you all could tell me wht you have tried, what has worked and what hasn't and why... if you are comfortable.

I am mostly interested also to see if anyone has tried alternative medicines compared to Western style.

Wish you all the best and flexibility.


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Submitted by Tim McA on

Hi Faith,

I'm Tim. Been fighting RA for 26 years. Mny different drugs with harsh side effects. I found an

anti inflamation diet that I've been on for a year. Been able to cut my drugs in half.

Googlr "Cellular Healing Diet". it's strict but very effective.

I look forward to meeting you at an upcoming meeting.



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