NY - Finger Lakes Region

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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.

About: Alyssa

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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