Arthritis Support Network launched: 2013
Arthritis Support Network Leader: Claire Type of Arthritis: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Arthritis Support Network Leader: Krystal Type of Arthritis: Osteoarthritis
About this Arthritis Support Network:
We are a community support group where we can talk about our troubles, the happy times, our lives, and become better educated on our various autoimmune disorders.This support system enables each individual to see through a wider lens, navigate challenges successfully, continue to do things he or she enjoys doing, adopt realistic expectations, and enrich his or her life. We envision a Seattle Arthritis Support Network (ASN) that provides its participant with empowerment, support, and education to meet their needs, where they are today.
I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2008, at the age of 23. I also met my husband in 2008, so I've been very fortunate to have had a partner in this wild ride from the very beginning. Just getting to an RA diagnosis was the first challenge. Then came the nearly ten-year struggle, still ongoing, to find a mix of medications to control my disease. In 2016, I conquered an auto-fusion of my right wrist.
Professionally, I'm a full-time fundraiser for a local nonprofit. In my free time, when my hands allow it, I like to knit. When my feet and knees allow it, I go birding. When my body refuses to cooperate at all, I am a big fan of Netflix binges.
I'm so excited to be joining Summer as co-leader of Seattle's Arthritis Support Network. I look forward to hearing your stories, sharing our struggles, and learning together.
I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my late 30's. I have had two hip replacements and a knee arthroscopic abrasion. This has allowed me to continue to tap dance and to keep up with my friends' grandchildren. The Arthritis Support Group helps keep me grounded and does not allow me to go into denial about my condition. I work as a development manager in the healthcare software industry, have a BA in Psychology, and have studied clinical mental health counseling.
Being one of the co-leaders in my group allows me to use my background in management and training in counseling to help others feel understood and remain connected. Those who are newly diagnosed have much to process and those who are veterans can feel transformed through shared activities and validating others' experiences.
To join this Arthritis Support Network, please click the "Join this Group” button above and we will send you updates about upcoming events via email.
All subscribers to this group agree to adhere to the Support Group Participant Guidelines.