Live Yes! Connect launched:2017
Live Yes! Connect Facilitator: Alyssa Type of Arthritis: Rheumatoid Arthritis & Psoriatic Arthritis
About this Live Yes! Connect Group:
My vision for this group is to give others, like myself, a chance to have a group to turn to with any concerns they may have about their journey with arthritis. I would like this also to be a support system for those who need somewhere to turn. To give those a chance to raise awareness for arthritis and allow others in the Finger Lakes Region to gain knowledge of what arthritis, of all forms, can do to your loved ones.
Hi all, my name is Alyssa and I have had rheumatoid/ psoriatic arthritis for 7+ years. I woke up one day feeling like I had the flu and it just never went away. I went to multiple doctors and had multiple tests done, and for a while, no one could figure it out. Finally, we found that I had some form of arthritis, but either way I was getting treated for it. It was a weird feeling knowing that as a junior in college, I had something wrong that will never go away, and not everyone will understand how I am feeling. After being diagnosed, I found myself distant when telling my family and friends how I was feeling. I didn't want to seem weak to them or anyone feeling sorry for me. So I kept my feelings bottled up-- My pain, my anger towards this disease, all inside.
About two years after I was diagnosed, I found information about the Arthritis Foundation. I became very interested in learning about other people who may be like me, fighting this battle! I joined the walk in New York City and felt a part of a movement that could truly make a change! Unfortunately there is nothing set up in the Chemung, Schuyler County area. Well here is your chance to become involved in a support network that may help you! Become a part of a group that can make you feel better about what you are going through and knowing there are others going through something just like you!
I would love to give others in my area an opportunity to learn more about Arthritis, and how it can affect so many people in so many different ways. I would like to give those like myself a place to turn to express their feelings and any issues they may have that others may be able to help them through.
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