IL - Bloomington-Normal

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Live Yes! Connect launched: 2017

Live Yes! Connect Facilitator: Mary                   Type of Arthritis: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis

About this Live Yes! Connect Group:          

We hope to create a welcoming space for us to share our trials and triumphs as we navigate life with a chronic illness. Our vision for this group is to create a fun, welcoming environment for people living with all forms of arthritis to come together to support and learn from each other.

About: Mary

My RA diagnosis certainly explained what had been going on with my joints for years, but in those early months of having a name for it, I found myself longing for my "old life." The life where I worked with special needs students, cared for my elderly mother, whipped up a batch of cookies and still had energy left over. I briefly considered just spending my days on the couch with a box of Kleenex, the hostess of a perpetual pity party.

Then my daughter directed me to the Arthritis Foundation. I began to read. I had found my people! The stories and strategies and honesty shared by others encouraged me to get off of the couch and get on with it. Some days RA requires that I take it a bit slower and easier but I'm learning to accept the unpredictable nature of the disease. As a support group co leader, I can offer a listening ear, an encouraging word, and share laughter that helps keep the RA clouds away!


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Live Yes! Arthritis Network provides personalized help and support to Adults living with all types of arthritis and rheumatic conditions and Parents /Guardians of children living with arthritis. Our programs offer opportunities for connection, education and empowerment via Live Yes! Connect Groups, Online Community and Conferences.

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