On September 23, 2017, our Fresno County, California Arthritis Support Network (ASN) participated in the Clovis Night Out community event hosted by the Clovis Police Department. This was the 8th Annual Clovis Night Out event, and our group’s 2nd year participating. The purpose of this event is to bring together the community so various agencies, programs, and services could provide information and resources to the public. Over 100 vendors and 15 food trucks packed the event.
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Returning to Kansas for the 10th annual Arthritis Introspective (AI) National Gathering was, for me, a double pleasure. Not only is Kansas my home state – I was born there some 52 years ago – but being together with so many amazing people in the AI community is something I need and appreciate. Walking into the large meeting room on Friday, June 9, and seeing so many other Arthritis Support Network (ASN) Leaders from all across our country, really made me value how much Kevin Purcell’s dream of creating Arthritis Introspective over ten years ago has blossomed into a life-enric
Early Bird Registration is now open and Arthritis Support Network participants and fans from across the country are starting to form teams to participate in the 2017 Jingle Bell Run. We would love for you to join us for some holiday fun with your friends, family, and coworkers and raise funds for a great cause! If you can’t physically participate we even have an option for you.
Why do I volunteer to raise funds to find a cure? Arthritis is the number one cause of disability in America. My journey with arthritis began over twenty-five years ago when I developed osteoarthritis in my left knee due to two surgeries. Six years ago, I was diagnosed with a rare form of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). I am fighting for a cure for me, for my family, and for other arthritis patients.
I traveled last weekend to Kansas City Missouri, to attend the annual gathering of the Arthritis Foundation. I have to admit I’ve been feeling a little sorry for myself lately, and a little bit afraid for what my future holds. After all, this past year I have experienced the death of my youngest brother, who had been living with the effects of Rheumatoid Arthritis for over twenty years. I was also diagnosed with RA nine months ago, and had to retire early from my full time job because of it. One of the things my brother had told me before he died is that “no one understands it”, meaning
March 6-7, 2017 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View in Arlington, Virginia!
Take action and advocate! Join Arthritis Foundation Advocates at the Advocacy Summit and become a Champion of Yes. Meet with your members of Congress and their staff.
This short testimonial is just one of the many reasons why becoming involved is so rewarding.
We are lucky to have Deb as part of our Arthritis Support Network in Wisconsin. Deb is nothing short of amazing. Deb was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 13 and wants folks to know that family, with her, comes first. She is incredibly active with her sons school, loves to scrapbook, bake and cook. It's important to note that there is really nothing that Deb does not have a hand-in when it comes to being the best possible advocate for our tribe. She really believes that having a support network around you makes all the difference in your healing journey.
You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give. -Winston Churchill