“The act of creating can be a great form for meditation and a vehicle to process and communicate the complicated emotions of chronic illness. The support, education, and true friendship I have received from the AI community is immeasurable.”
Valerie Webster’s arthritis journey began at the age of 24. The following year she lost her health insurance and without proper knowledge or treatment she was aggressively attacked by this disease for 8 years. In 2011, she moved to Los Angeles and gained health insurance through her job. She also found Arthritis Introspective. With her new doctors and by attending the Arthritis Support Network meetings and The National Gathering, she learned what Rheumatoid Disease is and what it is to live with a chronic condition. The support and friendships she has made at AI have been invaluable to her overall health and well-being.