TX - Rio Grande Valley

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Arthritis Support Network launched: 2017

 

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

Arthritis Support Network Leader: Douglas      Type of Arthritis: Rheumatoid Arthritis & Osteoarthritis

About this Arthritis Support Network:   

Our vision is to empower people living with arthirits and rheumatic conditions to thrive and flourish! Our plan is to develop and build a support group where individuals and their loved ones affected by arthritis and rheumatic conditions can share ideas and offer support for one another.This will be accomplished by providing information and support to those individuals who are diagnosed with arthritis and their adult loved ones. 

About: Amy

Amy began searching for a support group to help navigate her 2014 diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis. She was sure there had to be others looking for help and resources in the South Texas area. Since the closest Arthritis Support Network was in San Antonio, TX, Amy knew this was her call to action to create a new group.

Amy is a wife and mother who cherishes her family. All of her previous jobs were centered around her family and always at their school. She traveled to three countries supporting her husband’s career and volunteered with the local schools. She worked as a library assistant at several schools and most recently with the local public library. Amy has always been a lifelong learner and uses her researching skills to find out all she can about RA. She hopes that by starting a new support group she can connect with others who are experiencing the same issues and find ways to solve them.  

I've found that dealing with RA has been challenging and often times I've felt alone and confused. I believe that this support group will be helpful for my community and will be a place for education and support so that no one feels alone in fighting arthritis.

About: Douglas

I am extremely excited to be the co-leader of this support group in the Rio Grande Valley. Although I have only recently been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, I discovered that I ha e been managing the effects of RA for quite some time. When trying to find out information and support, I discovered that there was great opportunities through the Arthritis Foundation. Believing in both the mission of the Arthritis Foundation and in developing a strong local community of support for those living in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

I have been a lifelong learner working in Higher education for over 30 years. I received my Bachelor of Science in Biology from Northland College in Ashland, WI, my Masters in Community Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and my Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi. The bulk of my experience was working with residence halls, food services and other Auxiliary services. I gained a lot of experience over the years in creating caring, inclusive and supportive communities.

I have long enjoyed being involved with my community and in many of them i have been honored to have served in leadership roles. I find it exciting to get to know people in my community and to work together to improve quality of life for everyone!

I have been a member of this community since 2006 having moved from Wisconsin with my wife of 30 years, Eileen. I currently work at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley as an Associate Dean of Students and enjoy assisting students as they pursue their education.

I look forward to making this journey with my co-leader and other members of this community as we grow together!

When I was first diagnosed, I was scared and in shock. I could find a lot of valuable information on line, but I found I needed someone to reach out to so that I could talk about my fears, ask my questions and learn from personal experiences what it is like living with this disease. I was fortunate that I found a friend who was able to talk to me and calm my nerves. In that moment I realized just how important having this resource in our communities would be for people coping with the daily reality of living with this disease.

I wanted to volunteer to be a leader for our group because I believe in the power that a community of support can provide to its members. More importantly I realized just how important it is for those newly diagnosed, and even those who have been diagnosed for a long time, to have a place to turn to find acceptance and understanding.

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Type: 
ASN

Arthritis Support Network Leader(s)

Douglas

Goals

The Arthritis Support Network provides personalized help and support to adults living with all types of arthritis and rheumatic conditions. Our programs offer opportunities for connection, education and empowerment via support groups and conferences.

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