Arthritis Support Network launched: 2018
Arthritis Support Network Leader: Janet Type of Arthritis: Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia
Arthritis Support Network Leader: Tessa Type of Arthritis: Rheumatoid Arthritis
About this Arthritis Support Network:
We are excited to see an Arthritis Support Network created in NW Arkansas. We envision a network of people living with any chronic illness, arthritis related, meeting on a regular basis connecting and relating what it is like to rise above the challenges of everyday life. Who better to understand what it's like than those of us living it, day in and day out. Those in our family or close circle of friends will be welcome too. Network to Connect, Empower and Educate and have some fun too? Ultimately our vision is to support others and their caregivers in their journey with arthritis. Creating a support and encouraging environment that allows everyone to live their yes!
My name is Janet and my journey with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia began 29 years...many of those years I felt like I was on a roller coaster... but I have learned to not only survive but to thrive in the midst of it all. I was at the beginning of a career as a registered nurse and pharmaceutical sales rep when I had to take on the full-time job of managing my health care and medically retired at a young age. I was a new mother and I had to have numerous surgeries that followed by setbacks. When my health allowed, I became very involved in the Arthritis Foundation and volunteered in many ways. The Arkansas Office was very helpful and such a great resource.
I am leading a group in my area because I am familiar with the Arthritis Foundation through many leadership roles I took as a volunteer in the past. I have taught exercise classes (pool and land base), done speaking engagements, taught self-help courses, chaired large fundraising events and served on the Board of Directors. I certainly love sharing the resources that helped me through the years and I love seeing all the positives we can find in living with a chronic illness by connecting with others.
I am a mom to a beautiful daughter as well as a social work major. I’ve had Rheumatoid Arthritis for more than 10 years. I was officially diagnosed in 2015. I am passionate about helping others. I enjoy attending concerts, swimming and cooking in my spare time.
I am leading a group because I would love to connect with others who are facing similar challenges so that we can help each other find new ways to face obstacles and enjoy life despite arthritis.
To join this Arthritis Support Network, please click on the "Join this Group” button above and we will send you updates about upcoming events via email.
Head over to the Calendar of Events to RSVP your attendance.
Complete details with location and times will be posted on this website and cross-promoted to our Arthritis Support Network – Fayetteville, AR. Facebook Page. Please like and follow us!
All group participants agree to adhere to the Support Group Participant Guidelines.