I am very happy to be the co-leader for the Tucson Arthritis Introspective Support Group. I have lived with idiopathic rheumatoid arthritis for over 45 years and have had a few joint replacement surgeries. I believe in the mission of AI and look forward to making a difference in this community. I have been married for over 20 years to my husband John, whom I met in an arthritis support group. So, I know personally what good things can come from seeking support and friendship!
I earned a Master’s of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Arizona in 1989. GO WILDCATS! I started working as a counselor for the D.E.S. Vocational Rehabilitation program and assisted people with disabilities in accomplishing their educational and career goals. In 2000, I started my "dream job" as a Disabled Student Resources Specialist for Pima Community College. At Desert Vista Campus and Downtown Campus, I assisted students with disabilities by providing appropriate academic accommodations in the classroom. These support services included note taking supports, padded chairs in the classroom, and extended test time to name just a few. I have taught student success college classes and facilitated self-advocacy workshops. Dispelling myths and misconceptions surrounding disabilities has been a long term passion. I try to maintain an "attitude of gratitude", which tends to focus and ground me.
Due to the severity and progression of my arthritis, I chose to "retire" from PCC May, 2011. I have dedicated much of my time since then to assisting the Arthritis Introspective organization in any way possible. I also enjoy traveling, swimming, attending chair exercise classes, and playing the piano. I am pleased to enter this new chapter of my life and I am enjoying the journey.