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Coping and Thriving with Rheumatic Conditions (Part Four) Treating the Whole Patient: Communicating with Healthcare Providers

Rheumatic diseases are typically first diagnosed by a primary care doctor. Patients are then referred to a rheumatologist, a doctor who has received specialized training in arthritis and other rheumatic diseases. Websites, such as and the American College of Rheumatology (, have locators where you can find a rheumatologist near you. When meeting with your rheumatologist, it is always important to go into the appointment prepared.

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Sat, 12/05/2015 - 12:56pm
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Meet Our Awesome New Arthritis Support Network Leaders

Heather R (Fort Wayne, IN Support Group) was officially diagnosed with RA at the age of 16, and over the years also have been diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Raynaud’s, neuropathy, osteopenia and osteoarthritis. Heather Reyna’s conditions are maintained with a mixture of medications, physical therapy and self-management. She is an avid reader of just about anything from non-fiction to science fiction. Heather also loves anything to do with plants and gardening.

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Sat, 12/05/2015 - 12:44pm

Spotlight on Samantha Johnson

Samantha grew up all over the place but her family finally settled in Phoenix, AZ when she was about 13 years old. She was 18 months old when she was diagnosed with JA and while she was told she shouldn't do things or would never be able to do things- she never believed that......One of the things, and there are MANY, that made talking to Samantha so inspiring is that she achieved so much with so little support. She put herself through school and knew from an early age that she wanted to work for and help women with disabilities.

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Sat, 12/05/2015 - 12:38pm

Asking for Help – Part One of Two

I HATE ASKING FOR HELP! Living with idiopathic rheumatoid arthritis for over 48 years has given me lots of unwanted practice-especially this year. I am currently rehabbing from my third joint replacement surgery and have had the opportunity to reflect on the ‘art of helping’ subject. I thought that because I have educational and professional experience in the helping profession, asking for help would get easier. However, this has not been my experience. Sorry, but I am afraid there is no magic bullet or “helping formula”. I still hate it!

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Sat, 12/05/2015 - 12:34pm

It’s Not Too Late to Jingle with Us! Join the AI National Jingle Bell Run Team

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Arthritis Introspective (AI) supporters from across the country are rallying together to participate in the 2015 Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis and we would love for you to join us in some holiday fun with your friends and family!

If you can’t physically participate we even have an option for you too.

There are three ways to support the Arthritis Introspective National team:


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Sat, 12/05/2015 - 12:22pm

Wellness Reinvented Retreat Recap

This year, the 5th Annual Wellness Reinvented Young Adult Retreat Day was held on 10/11/15 in Burbank, CA hosted by the Arthritis Foundation and Arthritis Introspective. I had the opportunity to attend the one-day retreat, which focused on living better with arthritis as the concept throughout the day. Although the retreat was geared towards the young adult age group, there was a mix of attendees of both young
and middle-aged adults living with autoimmune conditions and other rheumatic related conditions.

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Sat, 12/05/2015 - 12:11pm

Message from AI Founder – Kevin Purcell

I am pleased to announce that Arthritis Introspective is becoming part of the Arthritis Foundation Family! On November 19- 20 I attended the AF Annual Meeting in New Orleans and was warmly welcomed by AF CEO Ann Palmer, staff and attendees. I’m thrilled to see that the integration of AI is a key strategy in the 2016 AF annual plan and we are part of an expanding range of resources that provide help & support to people with all types of arthritis and related conditions.

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Sat, 12/05/2015 - 11:55am
Kevin Purcell

Spotlight on Susan Z.

I had the pleasure of speaking  with Susan and I wanted to share my scoop and introduce her, in the best possible AI way, to everyone. Clearly, she is an asset to our fabulous organization and it was an extreme honor talking to her and getting to know her…..

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Sat, 07/18/2015 - 6:18pm

How GREAT was G8? Can We Get a Witness?

Meet Candice D; New Orleans native, 34 years old and living with CPPD (Calcium Pyrophosphate Deposition Disease) for 15 years. Newly bionic, thanks to a total hip replacement. Loves traveling, photography, choir, comics and crawfish. Panda lover. Licensed super comp dragster driver. Dreams of racing full-time in a blue dragster representing my Rheumies!

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Sat, 07/18/2015 - 6:14pm
Loraine Alkire


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