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Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Groups

Local Rheumatoid Arthritis support groups

The following are contacts for groups which meet in-person for RA or autoimmune arthritis support. Some of these Rheumatoid Arthritis support groups are affiliated with larger organizations. You should contact a group directly for more information about meeting times and places. Some meet regularly for coffee and others are more or less active than that.

The benefits of Local Rheumatoid Arthritis support groups

Meeting other people with similar experiences is always helpful. However, with a disease like RA, it is even more valuable. Imagine not having to explain how much it hurts or why you can’t do something or why you’re not better yet. Meeting members of a local Rheumatoid Arthritis support group is almost like meeting relatives at a family reunion!

Finding a Rheumatoid Arthritis support group

If you don’t see your location listed below, please check the comments page. Many people are leaving their names in comments, hoping to find others. Remember to use your email address if you click to Subscribe to Comments so any new replies will be sent to you automatically.

A new Rheumatoid Arthritis support group

If you are not finding local Rheumatoid Arthritis support in your area, maybe you can find one other person with RA and have coffee together. Together, the two of you make the beginning of a new group. Our friends at Arthritis Introspective would be glad to help you. Before you know it, you could be making an impact on the lives of others living with RA. Here is a link to receive their free training guide about being an independent support group facilitator.

If you begin a new group, you can announce it to other RA Warrior readers in the following ways: Send me an email so I can add you to this list and mention your group on Facebook and Twitter. Place a comment about your group on the comments page  here so that anyone who has subscribed to comments will hear about it.

Peter                                Phoenix, AZ
Kevin                                Tucson, AZ
Susan                                Tucson, AZ
Marilyn                              Indian Wells Valley, CA
Denise                              Orange County, CA
Melanie                             Irvine, CA
Jena                                 Santa Clarita Valley, CA
Rhea                                 Napa Valley, CA
Francine                           Santa Cruz, CA
Catherine                         Sacramento, CA
Lauren                              Thousand Oaks, CA
Haydee                             West Los Angeles, CA
Karen                                Jacksonville, FL
Kelly                                  Central Florida
Carol                                 Largo, FL
Elizabeth                          Atlanta area, GA
Diane                                Elgin, IL
Donna                               Louisville KY
Mary Kay & Tammy            St. Louis, MO
Karen                                 Boston, MA
Stephanie                          Lake Tahoe, NV
Missi                                  Schenectady, NY
Annette                             Dayton, OH
Angel                                 Oklahoma City, OK
Cate                                   Portland, OR
Mary                                   Southwest PA
Rose                                  Venango County, PA
Kate                                   Rapid City, SD
(New leader soon)             Houston, TX
Larissa                                Austin, TX
Nancy                                 Northern Vermont
Amy                                    Seattle, WA
(Restarting in near future) Milwaukee, WI

NOTE: If you would like to recommend another local RA support group for this list, please have the local group leader contact me directly. Thanks.

These are independent groups that we have listed for the benefit of readers. RA Warrior is not specifically affiliated with any of these groups. This list is alphabetical by state.

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1,002 thoughts on “Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Groups

  • August 29, 2010 at 5:22 pm
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    Morrisville is in Pa.

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    • September 15, 2013 at 2:15 pm
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      I’m located in Mt. Bethel, PA have you found any local group in Eastern, PA?

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      • September 17, 2013 at 10:49 am
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        Rose, I live in Whitehall Township. I have not been able to find any support groups in this area.

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        • September 18, 2013 at 8:50 pm
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          Hi Diane,
          I am also Diane. I live in Quakertown and was just diagnosed last Friday. Looking for support group also. Have you come up with anything?

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          • November 10, 2013 at 7:48 am
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            Hi. I’m in Bucks County, PA. My daughter, who lives in NJ, has been staying with us due to her health problems. She was diagnosed about 5 years ago. She’s only 40. She also is a Type I diabetic. She can’t take any of the biologics, like Embrel or Humira, due to the increased risk of infection. We’re searching for any suggestions for treatment. Good luck to all of you….

  • August 29, 2010 at 7:30 pm
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    Robin,
    I live just up in Huntsville.My rheumy is in The Woodlands.Nice to see someone else in these parts.

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    • August 29, 2010 at 7:40 pm
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      Cat, lmk if you need any help to exchange email. It’s ok to put them on here if you want. Maybe put a space between the words to confuse the spam spiders.

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      • September 13, 2010 at 11:41 am
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        Cathy, I am approx. 25 miles south of Huntsville just below Montgomery County Line.

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  • August 29, 2010 at 8:07 pm
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    Thanks Kelly,
    Her name was so familiar that I could just taste it.It turns out that she is on my FB friends list.I guess I need to go through and re-organize that list!But thank you very much for the offer.
    I hope to catch up on everything via the website and FB page as I can see a little clearer now.

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  • August 29, 2010 at 9:16 pm
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    I live in Georgia, (Macon area) and have yet to find a RA support group anywhere near here. I would be willing to drive 45-60 miles to meet with a group. Someone let me know if they know of anything in this area.

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  • August 29, 2010 at 10:22 pm
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    To Melissa, I live in Morrisville PA. You can reach me at ddob129——. It is north of philly.I have aol. Diane

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    • August 31, 2010 at 12:51 pm
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      Did you get my email, Diane?

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  • August 30, 2010 at 3:02 pm
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    Hi, I’m in Tallahassee, Florida.
    Any groups here or nearby?

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  • August 31, 2010 at 10:05 am
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    anyone near Delaware County, Pa area?

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    • August 31, 2010 at 12:52 pm
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      I’m in Philly, Anna!!

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      • December 6, 2010 at 9:19 am
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        Hi Melissa, I am in south jersey. Please email me to chat. I have no support group in my area. It would be great to chat. Lynn

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  • August 31, 2010 at 5:26 pm
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    I didn’t get email Melissa, try it again. TY, Diane

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    • August 31, 2010 at 10:35 pm
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      I tried it again. Maybe Kelly can help us connect. 🙂

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  • August 31, 2010 at 8:01 pm
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    I’m looking for a group in/around Belton, Tx. If you’re near, Kelly has my email address. Please get in touch. Also, I’m on the RAW Facebook page as well. Thank you!

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  • September 1, 2010 at 9:59 am
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    Anyone live close to Little Elm, TX? (It’s just north of Dallas.) I just moved here from FL and haven’t met too many people here. I was diagnosed with RA in 2005 after several years of pain, surgeries, and wrong diagnosis. Just recently had blood test for Lupus and came back low-positive, whatever that means. Just another autoimmune disease to add to the list…lol. Would love to get together with someone nearby who knows exactly what I’m going through.

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      • April 5, 2011 at 10:16 am
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        I live in Plano TX too! I would love to meet if possible 🙂

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  • September 6, 2010 at 8:44 am
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    Kelly – I cannot figure out how to contact Laila above, who is looking for others in the Denver, CO area. Doesn’t look like she linked her name with an email. I am in a suburb of Denver and would love to connect. Can you help? Thanks, and I love your website. I am newly diagnosed and the information here has been extremely helpful!

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    • September 6, 2010 at 9:30 am
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      Susan, in these cases, I’m willing to send an email. Let me know if I have your permission to send her your email address, ok?

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      • September 7, 2010 at 7:21 pm
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        Sure, Kelly, that would be okay!

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        • January 5, 2012 at 4:17 pm
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          I’d be interested in a group in Denver, CO.
          Thanks!
          Karen

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          • January 5, 2012 at 4:30 pm
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            Oh Kelly-
            Please feel free to share my E-mail with those in Denver.
            Thanks so much for everything you are doing.
            Karne

          • January 6, 2012 at 8:48 pm
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            Dear Karen,
            I’ve sent your email address to Susan and Laila.

  • September 8, 2010 at 10:56 pm
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    Phyllis I live in Gulf Shores also and would love to get together a local chapter for The Arthritis Association Alabama Chapter. Do you know of anyone else in our area that would like to join also.

    Please email me @ onen7susan@yahoo.com or feel free to call 223-3087, I live off of county road 4 by the new Publix. I hope that you are as excited as I about getting something going down here……….Soft Hugs, Susan

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    • September 9, 2010 at 12:10 am
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      Susan, That’s great news! Let me know if you need any help or if you’d like me to announce your meeting time or be listed on this page. 🙂

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    • September 26, 2010 at 2:28 pm
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      I live in Mobile, Al and would love to get a group started. I’m willing to help in anyway I can. It would be great to talk to other people who really understand what I go through.

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  • September 10, 2010 at 9:35 am
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    Anyone in the Atlanta, GA area?

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    • November 14, 2010 at 3:37 pm
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      Hi, Im in the atlanta area, fairburn to be exact

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      • November 14, 2010 at 6:25 pm
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        I wish I met you while I was there last week! But I do know a couple of folks there. Do you want me to send them your email just in case you all want to meet?

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        • November 14, 2010 at 10:53 pm
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          Hi Kelly, that would be fine. Thanks

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    • December 24, 2010 at 10:50 am
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      Alec, I’m in the Hotlanna area! Gwinnett County area. You can reach me by leaving a comment on my blog (click my name beside my picture to be taken there).
      Cheerio!
      Elizabeth

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    • November 14, 2011 at 8:59 pm
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      I’m in Decatur, Georgia!

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  • September 25, 2010 at 3:35 pm
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    Anyone in Montana?? (rolls eyes lol). NO one is in Montana haha but it’s worth a shot!

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  • September 28, 2010 at 8:07 am
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    Anyone in southern Oregon? Medford area

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    • October 26, 2010 at 10:50 pm
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      Hi Sarah, I’m in Klamath Falls!

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      • December 19, 2010 at 12:40 am
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        Hi Ronda!

        I live in Central Point Oregon and would love to correspond with you thru E-mails,etc. I have had RA for 11 years and it would be great to have someone to talk to that also has the disease. Please E-mail me if interested.

        Thanks!
        Linda R

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        • June 17, 2011 at 2:09 am
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          Would like to, but don’t have your e-mail. Are you on Face Book?

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          • June 17, 2011 at 8:40 am
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            I pass on emails often when I’m asked to. So, y’all let me know if you need any help w/that.

    • June 3, 2014 at 2:00 am
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      Hi Sarah,

      I live in Medford 🙂

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    • February 9, 2015 at 12:16 am
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      I live in rogue river

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  • September 28, 2010 at 7:52 pm
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    where in Detroit? I’m in Ann Arbor. Newly diagnosed and looking for support groups

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  • October 6, 2010 at 9:57 pm
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    Looking for anyone in or near Plymouth, Massachusetts, would really like someone close by to talk too!!

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  • October 10, 2010 at 2:26 pm
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    Hi I live in Auburn, AL. Im new to the area so I don’t know how far mobile is from here. I am interested in a support group also. Take care

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    • October 10, 2010 at 3:44 pm
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      Cristina, after a while someone may still reply – can you subscribe to comments using your email or check back. I know we have several warriors in Alabama. Every now & again I remind folks to come in here & check it out.

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  • October 10, 2010 at 2:29 pm
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    Anyone in Auburn,AL?

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  • October 12, 2010 at 11:08 am
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    Anyone in the Whittier, CA area or someone near : Brea/La Mirada/La Habra/San Gabriel

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  • October 14, 2010 at 9:21 am
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    Does anyone know if there is an RA support group in either Berks or Chester County PA??
    Information is greatly appreciated!!
    Thanks,
    Cathy

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  • October 15, 2010 at 10:46 am
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    Anyone out there with RA from the Muscle Shoals/Florence, (Northwest) Alabama area?

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    • October 15, 2010 at 12:00 pm
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      There are a bunch of folks in Alabama – I hope one comes back to reply soon. 🙂 (I recommend folks subscribe to comments using email addresses.)

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  • October 15, 2010 at 11:01 am
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    The link to the arthritis support group doesn’t work. I filled out all the information and why I would be willing to start a group, and then when I would try to submit it, an error message would always pop up saying that “it appears that [your email address] is not a valid email address,” and so I tried 3 different email addresses that I use all the time, and it would not accept any of them, so I couldn’t submit my info.

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    • October 15, 2010 at 11:59 am
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      Dianece, I’m not sure I understand what you are saying. I’m sorry about that – send me an email to kelly @www.rawarrior.com & tell me exactly who you are trying to contact & what you need. I’ll do my best.

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  • October 17, 2010 at 2:28 pm
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    Hello to Dee Maxwell! 😀

    I’m not sure if there are any support groups in Tulsa. You might contact your local chapter of the Arthritis Foundation to find a group closer to you. On the other hand, if you visit Norman now and then you are more than welcome to join my new group! 😀 My website is http://www.arthritisintrospective.org/ss014ok.htm

    Also, my email is hteaton @ gmail .com

    Feel free to contact me! We are a brand new group, haven’t even had our first meeting yet, so you haven’t missed anything, lol. I’m also on Facebook, friends with Kelly, so you can find me there too. Hope we get to meet each other in person! 😀

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  • October 29, 2010 at 1:48 pm
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    Hi Amy,
    I am in the Concord area, and have been looking for a group in my area. I am desperate, so I am willing to go to San Jose. Any info would be so appreciated.
    Thanks!

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  • November 8, 2010 at 5:40 pm
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    This is a good site with excellent information but I just hate the “chickie” thing. Keep up the good work.
    Linda

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    • November 13, 2010 at 10:22 pm
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      Linda, I can’t figure out what you mean. You can email me if you like. kelly @ rawarrior.com

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  • November 8, 2010 at 6:59 pm
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    Hi Kelly- Were you able to find any support groups in your area? I’m in San Jose and noticed someone else posted back in August who’s also in San Jose.

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  • November 9, 2010 at 1:55 pm
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    I didn’t read all the comments, just the latter part… Anyone from Northern Mass/southern NH? I live in Salem, NH. Would love to meet others!!

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    • November 13, 2010 at 9:56 pm
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      Hi Marie,
      Go ahead & look through the comments. That’s the best thing to do. Then if you happen to comment to someone & they don’t reply, I’ll be glad to send them your email address if you want.

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    • December 3, 2010 at 6:28 pm
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      Hi Marie,

      I’m not sure if you’re still checking back, but I’m in Haverhill if you’d like to get in touch?

      Denise

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  • November 12, 2010 at 6:00 pm
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    Hi, I have been recently diagnosed with RA. Looking for a group in the Elgin Il area, or willing to start one at my home for now. Thank you

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    • November 13, 2010 at 10:21 pm
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      Diane, I sent you an email with some info. Let me know how it goes if you need help advertising a new group in your area.

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  • November 13, 2010 at 11:29 pm
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    I live in lower Bucks county Pa., Morrisville.Reasonable distance to King of Prussia, Valley Forge,Exton, and Philly. I am on facebook Diane L

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  • November 13, 2010 at 11:35 pm
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    Kelly you can send Melissa from Philly my email. Thank you.

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  • November 14, 2010 at 12:55 pm
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    I live in Las Cruces, New Mexico…near El Paso, TX..anybody in the area, I would love to talk to other RAers!

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  • November 15, 2010 at 11:06 pm
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    I would love to find a support group in the Indianapolis, Indiana area. Please let me know if anyone is aware of one. Thank you!

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    • November 15, 2010 at 11:16 pm
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      Hi Rachael! I’m from Indy and go back to visit family that still lives there. Feel free to send me an email! It definitely is nice when there are people to talk to who understand :).

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      • December 17, 2011 at 10:56 pm
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        Becky,

        I wasn’t able to send you a direct email about possibly getting together when you are in Indianapolis visiting or talking by phone, text, or email whenever. It would be great to have someone else to talk to who understands me and my disease!

        My email address is krjnhyndman@aol.com. If you have trouble with that for some reason, I’m sure that Kelly would help us out!

        Can’t wait to hear from you soon!
        Rachael

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  • November 16, 2010 at 10:42 am
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    I have a question for someone…and don’t know where to put it. Can someone help? Thanks.

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    • November 16, 2010 at 11:17 am
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      Ruthe, There’s a search box you could use to look for the right post to post your question. Or send me an email & I’ll reply as soon as I can. kelly @ rawarrior.com

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  • November 28, 2010 at 3:37 pm
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    I am wondering if anyone has brain stem compression due to RA? I am experiencing this after having RA for 50 years. I have basilar invagnation with brain stem compression. Had surgery for this in 2003. Doctors now say there is nothing more they can do. Interested in knowing what symptons any one who has this is experiencing.

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  • December 6, 2010 at 9:35 pm
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    Milissa and Lynn I am in Morrisville Pa. Where in so. Jersey are you?

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    • December 8, 2010 at 2:25 pm
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      I am in a small town called West Creek. It is close to Manahawkin, Long Beach Island, or Tuckerton. Everyone recognizes those names. I think Kelly can give you my email address. Thanks

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  • December 9, 2010 at 9:29 am
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    Anyone in Mpumalang, South Africa?

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  • December 13, 2010 at 6:48 pm
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    Anyone in or around Cedar Rapids, Iowa?

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    • January 24, 2012 at 9:26 pm
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      I too am in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Newly diagnosed and looking for someone to talk to about this new chapter of life!

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  • December 19, 2010 at 12:35 am
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    Hi Sarah,

    I live in Central Point and have RA. I would be very interested in chatting with you. I know no one else with RA and would like the support. I do not believe there are any support groups in the Medford/Central Point area, do you?

    Hoping to hear from you!
    Linda R.

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  • December 24, 2010 at 10:45 am
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    Anyone in the NE of Atlanta GA area? I’m in Gwinnett County. Have had RA for ??? but diagnosed for sure in 2005 when I went sero-positive and had a positive MRI of my R knee (the L one is going now). I do mostly internet and phone contacting, but I’d be glad to help get a group started up here. I know of several people who have RA, and there are a couple of Rheum’s around here. I could contact them about putting up a sign and some brochures in their offices.
    Just let me know if there is anyone out there who wants this.
    Cheerio!
    Elizabeth

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    • December 24, 2010 at 10:47 am
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      Forgot to mention – you can contact me by leaving a comment on my blog. You can get to my blog by clicking on my name by my picture.
      Cheerio!
      Elizabeth

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    • February 6, 2012 at 1:56 pm
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      Since posting the above, I started a monthly Meet-Up for rheumatoid autoimmune disease patients. So far we have two of us. We meet the third Saturday of the month at Applebee’s in Lawrenceville (Corner of Pike Street (Hwy 120) and Hurricane Shoals) 11:30am. At least until May, the website is:
      http://www.meetup.com/Lawrenceville-RA-Meetup-Group/
      If we don’t have more people by then, I’ll have to cancel the website (it’s costing me quite a bit), and just go by word of mouth and postings on various RA fora and FB pages.

      Looking for MORE PEOPLE! I KNOW there are people in Lawrenceville and environs!
      Cheerio!
      Elizabeth

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  • December 29, 2010 at 5:44 pm
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    Been living with RA forn just 7 months or so. I already see the need to share with those who would know where I’m coming from.I’m in Poughkeepsie,N.Y. Is there anybody out there?

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  • December 31, 2010 at 8:54 am
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    Kelly and Central Florida RAers –
    Let’s make a new year’s resolution to meet early in the year. I don’t mind a bit of a drive to get together. Whataya say?

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  • January 2, 2011 at 11:34 am
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    any one in the Bergen County, New Jersey area? Dx with RA about 6 months ago. For the last month not doing well. would love to meet, share inof, MD opinions, etc

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    • February 23, 2011 at 7:57 am
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      Hi Nancy! I live in Ocean County. I would love to chat with you about RA. I was diagnosed about 1 1/2 years ago and am not having success with the biologics I am on. Kelly you can forward my email address to Nancy. Lynn

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  • January 11, 2011 at 4:58 pm
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    I there anyone out there in the Indianapolis area that knows of a support group?
    Thanks
    Tammy
    Westfield,IN

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    • January 11, 2011 at 8:56 pm
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      Tammy,
      I don’t know of a support group in the Indy area but I live in Plainfield (west-side) and would love to get together sometime if you would like!
      Rachael

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  • January 11, 2011 at 8:02 pm
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    Still looking for someone near the South New Jersey area. Just started Remicade Infusions and doing very well. Anyone interested in chatting let me know!
    Lynn

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  • January 14, 2011 at 10:48 am
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    Hey everyone!! I live in Prattville Alabama…near Montgomery. Is there anyone near me?

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  • January 15, 2011 at 9:11 pm
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    Hi! Anyone in western Massachusetts?

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  • January 15, 2011 at 9:50 pm
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    Looking in the Hayward, CA area for a group.

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  • January 18, 2011 at 6:56 pm
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    Anyone in the East Aurora, NY area? Trying to get some local swimming, exercise, yoga (for RA) etc. programs going in this area. Most of the programs are a distance away and/or not at times I am available as I still work (part-time).

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