FL - Naples

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Live Yes! Connect launched: 2018

Live Yes! Connect Facilitator: Lorna                Type of Arthritis: Arthritis

About this Live Yes! Connect Group:   

My vision is for this NEW Live Yes! Connect group would be to start a network with area individuals who are experiencing arthritis in their life's orthe life of a loved one and join them together for a friendly fellowship of people who share the same condition for companionship, friendships, socialization and mutual support which will include activities, social events and education 1-2 times a month.

About: Lorna

Hi, I'm Lorna and I'm Live Yes! Connect Facilitator in Naples, Florida. It is a newly forming group, in its beginnings in the Naples, Florida area with a plan to be fun, empowering and supportive. I remember when I first woke up with arthritis, not knowing what it even was; it was life changing to say the least. I had never experienced any inflammation in my body of any sorts and was just sure, at that time, that I'd go to the doctor, get some medicine, treat it like any other acute condition and be better. That is testament to my lack of knowledge about arthritis and related rheumatic conditions at the time. After that it was a whirlwind of visits from one physician to another, lab tests and ex-rays and magnetic resonance imaging to be sure something else wasn't wrong. It wasn't, I had most likely arthritis. I remember how that all felt then, I remember the disbelief that my symptoms of my arthritic condition wouldn't go away. It was devastating but I was unknowledgeable. Today, I know there are plenty of individuals including successful people, professionals and even celebrities that live with arthritis or other rheumatic conditions and that arthritis can affect people of all ages.

What makes me a qualified facilitator is I am a social worker, I'm a good listener, I am a health educator and I'm fun to be with. I've been living a life afflicted with arthritis but I've been living my life the way I would otherwise live without arthritis. It is my own belief that arthritis or other rheumatic conditions should not stop a person from leading a quality life and participating in things that enrich their life.


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