New support meetings for Arthritis and related diseases/chronic illness

I have just been signed on as a northern california representative of Arthritis Introspective, a new non-profit organization that is “friends” with the Arthritis Foundation, designed to help develop education and support groups across the country for people with Arthritis and related diseases, and chronic illness.

As someone who was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in 1992, and is trained by the Arthritis Foundation as a support group leader, I have been seeking a sponsor for support and networking activities in my geographic area. Arthritis effects millions of people; its likely that hundreds of Napa/Sonoma and nearby citizens are dealing with this and related diseases, such as Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Ankylosing Spondilitis, Scleroderma, Gout; there are actually about 100 forms of arthritis and  related conditions. Anyone with a chronic illness, such as M.S., disability due to injury including in combat, Chronic Fatigue and others could also benefit from attending gatherings.

Location will be announced – a few places are possible depending on the expected size of the meeting (publicity and expenses sponsored by Arthritis Introspective, Inc).

Friday May 7 is the date of the first group gathering and the theme is – Meet & greet like-bodied people!

(Or should it be Whining in wine country????)

Resources and useful information will be presented in a relaxed, friendly, comfortable and accessible environment, with light snax provided. Plenty of time for sharing, asking questions, and general schmoozing! Also a chance to make your wishes and ideas known –  what kinds of topics, activities, themes, speakers would you like for future meetings?

Mark your calendar for yourself or a loved one who deals with Arthritis or a related disease or chronic illness. Family members and friends are encouraged to attend!

For more information or to RSVP – please email or call 707-266-1269. If you don’t get a person right away, leave an email address and phone, so we can get back to you as soon as possible and inform you of the location and exact time of the meeting. You can also go to my website and email from there at

Looking very forward to meeting – and making – this Napa/Sonoma support network!

Best to all – Rhea


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