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Arthritis Support Network launched: 2013

Arthritis Support Network Leader: Claire          Type of Arthritis: Rheumatoid Arthritis

Arthritis Support Network Leader:  Krystal       Type of Arthritis: Osteoarthritis

About this Arthritis Support Network:

We are a community support group where we can talk about our troubles, the happy times, our lives, and become better educated on our various autoimmune disorders.This support system enables each individual to see through a wider lens, navigate challenges successfully, continue to do things he or she enjoys doing, adopt realistic expectations, and enrich his or her life. We envision a Seattle Arthritis Support Network (ASN) that provides its participant with empowerment, support, and education to meet their needs, where they are today.

About: Claire

I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2008, at the age of 23. I also met my husband in 2008, so I've been very fortunate to have had a partner in this wild ride from the very beginning. Just getting to an RA diagnosis was the first challenge. Then came the nearly ten-year struggle, still ongoing, to find a mix of medications to control my disease. In 2016, I conquered an auto-fusion of my right wrist.

Professionally, I'm a full-time fundraiser for a local nonprofit. In my free time, when my hands allow it, I like to knit. When my feet and knees allow it, I go birding. When my body refuses to cooperate at all, I am a big fan of Netflix binges.

I'm so excited to be joining Summer as co-leader of Seattle's Arthritis Support Network. I look forward to hearing your stories, sharing our struggles, and learning together.

About: Krystal

I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my late 30's. I have had two hip replacements and a knee arthroscopic abrasion. This has allowed me to continue to tap dance and to keep up with my friends' grandchildren. The Arthritis Support Group helps keep me grounded and does not allow me to go into denial about my condition. I work as a development manager in the healthcare software industry, have a BA in Psychology, and have studied clinical mental health counseling.

Being one of the co-leaders in my group allows me to use my background in management and training in counseling to help others feel understood and remain connected. Those who are newly diagnosed have much to process and those who are veterans can feel transformed through shared activities and validating others' experiences.


To join this Arthritis Support Network, please click the "Join this Group” button above and we will send you updates about upcoming events via email. 

Meeting Location and Times: 

Head over to the Calendar of Events to RSVP your attendance.

Complete details with location and times will be posted on this website and cross promoted to our Arthritis Support Group Seattle WA Facebook page. Please like and follow us!

We are an active group, we would love to have you join us!


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Submitted by Marianna Choir on

Hi my name is Marianna. I felt bad for so long but didn't know what I had for a long time bc I just had a lot of discomfort and no pain. Finally I started having more pronounced symptoms like pain in muscle when I walk, itching after I eat, and sharp pains, weakness or dull ache in my wrist, fingertip, and knees. 


I do not have a Facebook account bc I got bullied so I had to delete it. Can I get an email about the Seattle WA support groups and events for arthritis instead? Because I won't be able to see the Facebook group meeting/event announcements since I no longer have Facebook or want to use it for safety reasons.

Please email me to respond back at : xxxxx@gmail.com regarding calendar dates for meeting times. This is the same email as in my account with this organization.





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Submitted by ToooBusyForRA on

I am completely overwhelmed by the ads and info. Does anyone have a naturally dervied tumeric supplement they want to share the name of? I give you full license to shout out and know that it may work for you, may not work for me etc. Thank you!

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Submitted by Krystal on

Hello ToooBusyForRA,

Thank you for your message, and I apologize for taking so long to reply.  It can be puzzling trying to determine which medications or supplements meet your individual needs.  As an Arthritis Support Network leader, I am not authorized to give advice on medications or supplements.  This subject does come up at group meetings, and individuals are free to share advice with one another.  Hope to see you at one of our upcoming group meetings or events.

King regards,

Krystal Sampson


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Claire & Krystal


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