This short testimonial is just one of the many reasons why becoming involved is so rewarding.
When you are newly diagnosed, meeting with your peers helps you learn about your disease. When your disease is not yet controlled by any of the medications available, it is nice to come into a room with people who have had the disease for a while and know what it is like to live with swollen joints, pain and fatigue. My group leader has invited local people to the support meetings. I have heard rheumatologists, a tai chi teacher, pain specialists, and a hand surgeon.One of the meetings we have each year is about helpful gadgets. People bring in things that they use in their everyday life. It is amazing how many gadgets are available for opening jars. My favorite is a wrist wrench, mechanics use this wrench on cars. One lady brought in her dressing stick. Someone else brought in a special device to turn stove knobs.When I was newly diagnosed it seemed like the only people I saw outside of work were doctors. Arthritis Support Networks give you a new group of people to talk to and spend time with.