The mission of Arthritis Introspective is to improve the lives of young- and middle-aged adults living with arthritis and rheumatic diseases through wellness education, empowerment, and support groups.
Arthritis Introspective (AI) was created to support an often-overlooked population: those of us living with arthritis and related rheumatic diseases during young- and middle-aged adulthood. We often hear that we’re too young to have arthritis or even that we don’t look sick. We face unique obstacles as we work to balance the demands of education, relationships, careers, and family through the reality of living with a challenging chronic disease. This balancing act can be very difficult and very lonely without the support and understanding of someone else that has been there.
AI is a group of young to middle-aged adults that addresses the emotional, social, and practical challenges of living with arthritis and its related rheumatic diseases. If you’re over 18 and you feel you can benefit from our services, we welcome you to join our family!
1) The AI National Gathering Conference, our annual conference, brings together people living with rheumatic diseases from across the country for a weekend of education, empowerment and relationship building. The conference features motivational speakers, health and wellness experts, plenty of socializing and many opportunities to share personal stories. Since our first conference in 2007, hundreds of people have taken part in this special weekend.
2) Our Support System Program fosters thriving local groups that bring people together within a geographic region. Our meetings provide a means to establish relationships and a community that fosters mutual support. Local Support Groups provide frequent educational and social activities and serve as a resource both for people living with arthritis and their loved ones.
3) Our website, www.arthritisintrospective.org, connects you with local Support Groups, our event calendar, news and initiatives, inspirational stories, AI community leader blogs, helpful online resources, the AI newsletter, and more.
Arthritis Introspective is the first and largest national non-profit organization founded to address the issues of those living with arthritis and rheumatic diseases in young- and middle-aged adulthood. We've proven that while surviving another day with disease is good, that helping each other to THRIVE is even better! AI is a fully volunteer-run, 501(c)(3) organization, relying solely on fundraising, sponsorships and private donations to fulfill its mission. All donations are tax-deductible.
“I may be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” Maya Angelou