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.

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Call for Submissions

Calling all creatives! Thrive Newsletter is calling all artists in the Arthritis Introspective Community to submit relevant, original, previously unpublished works of art, in the form of poetry, paintings, drawings, photography and sculpture or relative artwork that symbolically portrays our “community” voice of empowerment through building and growing together on this sometimes difficult journey of chronic illness via arthritis and related conditions.

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Tue, 08/02/2016 - 3:55pm
Loraine Alkire

Eat, Move, Sleep, Repeat

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As the weather begins to transition into summer and your joints welcome the warmer temperatures, the number of activities are going up like the mercury on the thermometer! The idea of socializing might sound amazing but the physical toll can be exhausting. Having a schedule, and sticking to it, may be exactly what you need to enjoy yourself for upcoming events.

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Tue, 08/02/2016 - 3:51pm

Take 4 Minutes to Help Support Reasonable Step Therapy Legislation Across the US!

“Step therapy,” sometimes referred to as “fail first,” is an important issue in many state legislatures because it can have significant and far-reaching consequences for people living with arthritis. Step therapy is a practice used by insurers that requires patients to try lower-cost medications before permitting more expensive treatments, even when the doctor wants to prescribe them.

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 3:48pm
Mark Guimond

Awesome New Outreach Specialist–Sarah Conway

Sarah Conway would love to have a large group of people join and be able to do monthly support groups, events, and social activities. Having a place to talk, vent, learn, and share experiences can be very helpful thru the tough times. She also wants everyone to be able to create positive friendships and have fun exploring and enjoying San Diego!

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Sat, 02/13/2016 - 10:38pm
Nomi Harris-Stanton

Awesome New Outreach Specialist–Deb Constien

Deb Constien has had RA since she was 13 years old. She graduated from Mount Mary College with a double major in Dietetics and Biology. She’s a Board Chair for the Leadership Board of the Upper Midwest Region for the Arthritis Foundation 2 years and Board Member for 3 years. Deb is an Advocacy Chair and an Advocacy Ambassador for the Arthritis Foundation. She volunteers with Creaky Joints, Global Health Living Foundation and is a Representative for IFAA (International Foundation for Autoimmune Arthritis.

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Sat, 02/13/2016 - 10:18pm
Nomi Harris-Stanton

Awesome New Outreach Specialist–Kirsten Shultz

Kirsten Shultz owns her own website, Not Standing Still's Disease, where she’s discusses thriving with multiple chronic illnesses. She volunteers with a number of organizations, including her local Arthritis Foundation. She also writes for Creaky Joints, one of the largest arthritis-based websites in the world, on self-love, self-care, relationships, and sex with chronic illnesses. Out of that has begun the #ChronicSex chat Thursday nights at 7 pm EST on Twitter.

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Sat, 02/13/2016 - 10:10pm
Nomi Harris-Stanton

Spotlight On: Melissa Hafeli

Melissa Hafeli, a native of southeast Michigan, moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1995. She pursued her Master’s degree in Education at Vanderbilt University. She now is the Department’s Coordinator for Billing and Records for the Middle Tennessee region. Married in 2013 to the wonderful Manish Goradia, Melissa and Manish live in west Nashville. Melissa is looking forward to volunteering as the local chair for G9, and is excited to share her great city with everyone!

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Sat, 02/13/2016 - 9:52pm
Nomi Harris-Stanton

Walk to Cure Arthritis

Arthritis Introspective (AI) is delighted to support the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk to Cure Arthritis this spring. We invite the extended AI family to register, fundraise and show our support for the arthritis community. The Arthritis Foundation is the Champion of Yes in the fight against arthritis and we are rallying together building teams, raising awareness and fundraising to move another step closer to finding a cure.

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Sat, 02/13/2016 - 9:06pm
Haydee Sedlmeier


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