The goal of Arthritis Introspective is to improve the lives of adults living with arthritis and rheumatic diseases through wellness education, empowerment, and support groups.
Arthritis Introspective (AI) was created to support an often-overlooked population: those of us living with arthritis and related rheumatic diseases during young- and middle-aged adulthood. We often hear that we’re too young to have arthritis or even that we don’t look sick. We face unique obstacles as we work to balance the demands of education, relationships, careers, and family through the reality of living with a challenging chronic disease. This balancing act can be very difficult and very lonely without the support and understanding of someone else that has been there. With the merger of Arthritis Introspective into the Arthritis Foundation we are now serving adults of all ages living with arthritis and rheumatic diseases.
AI is a group of adults that addresses the emotional, social, and practical challenges of living with arthritis and its related rheumatic diseases. If you’re over 18 and you feel you can benefit from our services, we welcome you to join our family!
1) Annual National Gathering - The AI National Gathering, our annual conference, brings together people living with rheumatic diseases from across the country for a weekend of education, empowerment and relationship building. The conference features motivational speakers, health and wellness experts, plenty of socializing and many opportunities to share personal stories. Since our first conference in 2007, hundreds of people have taken part in this special weekend.
2) Local Outreach - Our Arthritis Support Networks fosters thriving local groups that bring people together within a geographic region. Our meetings provide a means to establish relationships and a community that fosters mutual support. Local Support Groups provide frequent educational and social activities and serve as a resource both for people living with arthritis and their loved ones. Our goal is to provide connection, education and empowerment. Group participants become self-advocates and develop self-management skills.
3) Connection - Connect online with others for support and inspiration. Members can share stories and learn from the experiences of others with arthritis.
We believe our nationwide network of peer-led, local groups will strengthen our ability to be a Champion of Yes for more people living with arthritis.
“I may be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” Maya Angelou