Volunteer Testimonials

Live Yes! Connect (formerly Arthritis Support Network) Volunteer Testimonials

We appreciate the kind words from the people who help us make an impact.

If you want to share your positive feedback about volunteering with Arthritis Introspective / Arthritis Support Network feel free to comment below.

"I love volunteering with Arthritis Introspective / Arthritis Support Network. I'm impressed with how grateful the people that attend meetings are, and the support staff with the Arthritis Foundation is beyond wonderful. They provide a sense of community, fun, and stress-free involvement."

- Barbara Grubbs, Columbia, SC – Arthritis Support Network Leader

"Growing up with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis was different years ago when resources were limited to libraries and doctor's offices. Today, with the ability to connect with other people through social media and websites, it is much easier to find information on rheumatic diseases. I'm glad to contribute to a community that encourages a network of support and optimizing our abilities. I am hopeful that by being an ASN volunteer I can use my first hand experiences to help someone else live a better life."

- Trina Wilcox - Arthritis Support Network volunteer - Newsletter contributing writer and social media

"I became a contributing writer in 2014 for the AI newsletter.  Since I don’t have a rheumatic disease myself, writing articles about coping and thriving with a chronic condition has opened my eyes to both the challenges and opportunities people face.  I know my understanding and appreciation has grown, but it also surprises me to see the people who are touched.  I had friend of mine who has rheumatoid arthritis stop me one day and tell me that she really appreciated an article of mine in the AI newsletter.  She told me that her daughter was upset she couldn’t participate in the parent-child soccer game her team was having.  “What your said in your article helped me deal with that,” she said.  “I told my daughter, ‘Let’s focus on what Mommy can do with you, instead.’”  She said it made all the difference in that situation.  This is what makes volunteering at Arthritis Introspective so valuable and important to me."

- Sri Ramakumar  - Arthritis Support Network volunteer - Newsletter contributing writer.

"Once I realized that my experiences growing up with JRA could help others living with these diseases now, I realized that maybe I was supposed to be right here right now. When I found my RA family 17 years ago they gave my unmeasurable strength and support. If I can give that back to even one person through my Arthritis Support Network, I'm doing what I was meant to do." 

- Deserae Constantineau, Milwaukee WI - Arthritis Support Network Leader


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Submitted by Mary Alice Landry on

I am a passionate volunteer/ambassador/advocate for the Arthritis Foundation and proud recipient for the 2018 Walk to Cure Arthritis as the Adult Honoree. I have been unable to work since May due to my disease. I am an Expressive Art Facilitator and used to work professionally with those with Alzheimer's. I now know my calling is to work with our kids, our kids with JRA through Family Fun Days. I did a Family Fun event is CT in November and it was so fulfilling. I know I had to adapt my skills and joys, and I want to help our kids do the same! Our gifts just may be used differently than we expected!! I am pleased to Walk for the Cure, and am doing some fun fundraisers! I want to attend our weekend in DC to learn more ways to deal with my RA and pass it on to the "Newcomers". In addition, I am a fighter. My insurance just changed and it is now rejecting the IV infusion therapy.My Rheumatologist is appealing, but my "Bear Energy" is surfacing and I am ready to tell my story, and fight so I can get the medicine I need to function in life as we are intended to do so. 


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