Live Yes! Connect launched: 2016
Live Yes! Connect Facilitator: Heidi Type of Arthritis: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia
Live Yes! Connect Facilitator: Candice Type of Arthritis: Calcium Pyrophosphate Deposition Disease (CPPD), Fibromyalgia
About this Live Yes Connect group:
Our vision for this group is to provide an inviting environment for those whose daily lives are impacted by arthritis. We want to create a space where members can educate, uplift and have fun with each other.
Hi! I'm Heidi and I was diagnosed with RA and Fibromyalgia in 2014. Adjusting to life the first two years after receiving my diagnoses was very hard. I encountered many learning curves during that time, including the addition of medications, treatments, doctor appointments, changes to my body and the devastating realization of certain activities I could no longer do. During these hard times, I knew I needed support and unfortunately searched in vain for a support group to join.
This all changed in 2016 when I joined the newly formed Chicagoland, IL Live Yes! Connect group. It was very comforting knowing everyone in this group just "got" it; they truly understood and empathized with my unique experience of living with arthritis. I was also exposed to the wide range of treatments and coping methods they utilized in their own lives living with arthritis. This group has been a bright light amongst this otherwise painful disease.
I am currently working as a hospital Outreach Coordinator for the Laboratory, a job I find to be very personally rewarding. On a day-to-day basis, my job requires that I coordinate blood draws for health fairs, nursing homes, and non-ambulatory patients. My job is very personally rewarding and is the reason why I continue to work. When I have some free time and if I am able, I enjoy gardening and cooking.
I am very much looking forward to being the Live Yes! Connect facilitator for the Chicagoland area. As a member of Chicagoland myself, I can personally attest to the positive impact joining a support network has on someone’s quality of life. I am eager to return the favor by providing the same support I had once received to others, as I believe nobody should have to deal with arthritis alone. I continue to learn, educate, empower others and be empowered, all while having a few laughs in the meantime.
I am proud to support the Live Yes! Connect. My CPPD (Pseudogout) started to display symptoms at age 19, along with quite a few "secondary" conditions. My new hip is likely the first of many bionic parts to come. I've learned to embrace all of this over time with help from a large support group of family and friends.
I attended my first Conference in 2015 and it was such a relief to find people "who just get it." These people quickly became extended family. It is therapeutic, educational, uplifting...and just flat out fun. I'm grateful to have these experiences closer to home every month. Our group also seeks to provide unique events for loved ones of those with chronic illnesses.
To join this Live Yes! Connect Group, please click the "Join this Group” button above and we will send you updates about upcoming events via email.
All subscribers to this group agree to adhere to the Participant Guidelines.