Arthritis Support Network launched: 2017
Arthritis Support Network Leader: Tanya Type of Arthritis: Rheumatoid Arthritis
About this Arthritis Support Network:
My vision for this support group is to bring like-minded people together, regardless of the type of arthritis/rheumatic disease they have. I am excited and looking forward to meeting people who are interested in learning more about their disease and finding a “rheumy” friend that they can share their ups and downs with. People benefit when they have someone in their corner that can love, laugh, and boost their spirits when things get rough.
Hello! My name is Tanya (pronounced like Tonya, not like Tanya Tucker, LOL!). I live in beautiful Sheridan WY, near the fantastic Big Horn Mountains. I am 50+ years young and have been married to my best friend, Craig for almost 40+ years! We have two beautiful daughters and have been blessed with 8 grandchildren, 6 boys and 2 girls!
I worked as a legal secretary for most of my working years and had to retire medical in 2012 from complications of small fiber neuropathy, an additional autoimmune disease.
I enjoy fishing, birding, sewing and crafts, when my hands allow it, watching sappy Hallmark movies when they don’t, and spending time with my family. I am very active in my church and know that my faith is what gets me through the rough times.
In February 2017, while already dealing with small fiber neuropathy, I was diagnosed with also having RA and osteoporosis. During my research of RA I realized I had been symptomatic for several years. It was also during this research I discovered the “RA Warrior” website and the link to the Arthritis Support Network. I looked on this site for a support group in my area and found there were none close enough to attend. I decided to look into whether or not it would be feasible to start a support group here in Wyoming. That’s when I applied to become a leader. I am very excited to get this chapter up and going. I believe that there may be many people in my area with arthritis/rheumatic diseases and could benefit greatly by having a support group to turn to.
I am excited with the opportunity that has been given to me to start a local Arthritis Support Network. Our nearest Rheumatologists Office is over 100 miles away which makes contact with them fairly infrequent and I know for myself I sometimes feel like I’m out here fighting and dealing with the questions and all alone. I am hoping to facilitate a support group that will help educate the people that attend and to recognize that there are others who do identify with them and the challenges we live with on a daily basis.
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