Arthritis Support Network launched: 2016
Arthritis Support Network Leader: Vince Type of Arthritis: Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
Arthritis Support Network Leader: Anna Type of Arthritis: Rheumatoid Arthritis
About this Arthritis Support Network:
Our group in the Houston area brings likeminded people together to learn, listen, enlighten and laugh. Our Arthritis Support Network is here to unite, educate and empower those living with any kind of arthritis or autoimmune disease. We will strive to improve the quality of life for those of us living in large metropolitan areas by raising awareness of the tried-and-true therapies and coping mechanisms that make it easier to live with the stress, pain and uncertainty of Arthritis. Ultimately, having lived with arthritis for decades, we are drawn to those who don't let their disease define them. We look forward to hosting meetings in South Houston!
We look forward to serving in this capacity and to growing our reach in the Houston area. Houston is a large city but there are not many opportunities for face-to-face interaction with others who have similar conditions. We believe there is a need but interested people may be unaware of the opportunities.
Diagnosed with JRA in 1967, I have undergone well over 37 surgeries, including multiple joint replacements, and been on a host of medications to try and maintain an active quality of life. Having just turned 51, I have been married to my wife Wendy for almost 15+ years, and we have been blessed with 2 adorable girls, Joy and Hope. I've attended multiple AI Gatherings as well as many AF conferences. I've hosted and co-chaired 2 Arthritis Introspective Gatherings and am thrilled to be able to return after missing 2014.
Having lived in the Houston/Sugar Land area since the mid-1970s, I've benefitted a great deal from a top notch healthcare and medical center. And yet, it was not until the early 1990s while dealing with my first consideration for hip replacement surgery, when I realized that there was NO support system or peer network for me to turn to for advice, counsel, or inspiration. Houston is a phenomenal place to live, and it's still growing. The fact that there is not an established Arthritis Support Network presence in an area with such an enormous demographic mix of people is unacceptable. Over the years, I have met at least 10 people, living in my vicinity that I know would benefit from a support group, and I would love to be a part of making that a reality.
I am excited to be a part of the Arthritis Support Network. My symptoms started innocuous enough 12 years ago with a mild case of Raynaud’s Phenomenon. Since then I have picked up cousins of the autoimmune family with Mixed Connective Tissue Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus. I was privileged to work as a certified sign language interpreter for several years and coordinating interpreting and captioning services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing before having to medically retire. I have utilized a variety of medical and holistic therapies to manage my condition and am always researching ideas to add to my toolkit.
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