Arthritis Support Network Leader(s)

Vince & Michelle

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.

TX - Houston

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Arthritis Support Network launched: 2016

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

Arthritis Support Network Leader: Michelle               Type of Arthritis: Psoriatic 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!

About:  Michelle

I am a native Texan and a Mother of 2. My journey with Arthritis began in early 2012. My best friend and I took a trip to Las Vegas and while there every joint I have became very swollen and painful. I was exhausted and could not understand why. All I knew was that when I got home I had to go talk to my PCP. I count myself lucky, you see I am a nurse and my doctor was also my employer. I explained to him how my joints felt lke glass and as if there were balloons of watr inside them. Well he ran all sorts of labwork and it was not long before he told me he thought I had RA. I was off to a rheumatologist, and long story short, here we are a few years later with confirmed diagnosis of Psoriatic Arthritis ( I do not have RA, my psoriasis turned up after my first symptoms of arthritis ), Sjogren's, and Rayauds phenomenon.

In my everyday life, I work full time for a multi-specialty group of physicians as a primary nurse to a wonderful doctor whom I love and respect. I have 20 year old daughter and a 16 year old son. I enjoy bowling, gardening, reading, cooking and spending time with friends and family. It is time for me now to reach out to others and create a support system that will serve my community and beyond. I truly believe that coming together and sharing ideas, stories, coping skills will only serve to strengthen us all on this journey!

About:  Vince

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 age 7, and Hope age 4. I've attended multiple AI Gatherings as well as many AF conferences. I've hosted and co-chaired 2 AI 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 AI presence in an area with such an enormous demographic mix of people is unacceptable. Over the years, thanks to Arthritis Introspective, 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.

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Comments

Submitted by Amanda on
I would like to join the Facebook group to find events and meet ups. Thank you!

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Submitted by Monica on

Hello,

 

I would like to join your group.

 

Thanks,

Monica

Submitted by Melaine on

Michelle,

Thank you for the invite.  I would love to join a group like this.  I have several friends who try to be understanding of the daily struggles of having Lupus with RA, but none could really understand what we go through every day from getting out of bed to working and taking care of our other responsibilities.  

Thanks again,
Mel