DC - Washington

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Live Yes! Connect launched: 2018

Live Yes! Connect Facilitator: Jennifer      Type of Arthritis: Rheumatoid Arthritis

Live Yes! Connect Facilitator: Lisa            Type of Arthritis: Rheumatoid Arthritis. Fibromyalgia

About this Live Yes! Connect Group:   

Our vision for this group is to provide a safe place for adults to come together and share their experiences, struggles and successes as well as learn more about arthritis and rheumatic conditions. That it is a safe, caring place where people can come to talk, learn, socialize and find support. Many people do not tell others about their condition and this is a place they can safely talk. Our hope is that this group will provide support, community and friendship to those living with arthritis and rheumatic conditions.

About: Jennifer

Hello! My name is Jennifer. I am a forty-something year old and have had Rheumatoid Arthritis for a little over a year. As many of you have, I struggled with my new diagnosis and learning what it meant for me. Over the past year I have learned to embrace my life with RA and move forward to continue doing all the things I love to do.

I grew up in Minneapolis but have lived in the DC area for over 10 years now, but I still consider MN home. I work full time, travel frequently and enjoy spending time with my niece and nephew who live very close to me. In many of my jobs I've been involved in training and mentoring new hires which I do enjoy doing. Shortly after I was diagnosed with RA and struggled to find a support group to learn more about what RA meant for me, a family member suggested I start a group telling me "You would be great at it!" I just laughed but didn't think about it seriously. Well now a year later, here I am getting involved!

I decided to start a Live Yes! Connect group and become a facilitator because I have searched for a support group in my area for a long time and I have yet to find one. I am so excited to jump at the chance to create and run one because I know that there is a great need for a support group in my area and all the benefits that people will get by participating in one.

About: Lisa

I was diagnosed with RA in Aug 1996 and Fibro a few years later. I grew up in South Florida and moved to Houston TX where I supported the Space Shuttle program for 30 years. Since moving to DC I have become a volunteer/docent at the Air & Space Museum. At the age of 60, I discovered horses and now own one.

I am  joining Jennifer in leading this group because I searched for a long time for a local support group without much success. The couple meetings I have been to her in DC have been wonderfl and I would like to help Jennifer with them. Hopefully we will become large enough to split into two groups!


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