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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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1,031 thoughts on “Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Groups

  • April 29, 2011 at 5:45 pm
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    Dear Cindi, Where are you located? I would love to be able to help in some way.

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  • April 30, 2011 at 12:24 pm
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    I am in Delaware. To add insult to injury I just got another notarized statement from my husband stating that he is also a homosexual (which I suspected ) I have so much evidence of his chosing to end this relationship ( I don’t know why he is providing me with this documentation ) but I am left defenseless because I cannot afford an attorney. Yes, as you can see I am still here but I just can’t do this. Thank you all for responding. Cindi

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    • April 30, 2011 at 9:14 pm
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      I’m sorry Cindi. If you can hang on, you’ll obviously be better of without someone like that. Of course, it will be hard before it gets better. I’m praying that you find the help you need. Please hang on.

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  • May 15, 2011 at 2:09 pm
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    I’m in the Bay Area (CA) across the bridge from San Fran and would like to start or have others also help me start a support group. Any takers?

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    • May 15, 2011 at 2:17 pm
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      I missed hitting the notify box .. now what Kelly?

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      • May 15, 2011 at 4:11 pm
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        check back to see if anyone replies. and check the box to get email updates. If you look thru comments old or new and see anyone near you, I can email them for you. Let me know if you see any.

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        • September 1, 2015 at 7:15 pm
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          HI,
          I’m looking for a support group in the Bay Area. If anyone know one, please help!

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    • August 17, 2013 at 12:52 pm
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      Hello F-J,

      Has a support group been formed in the SF/East Bay area? I would be very interested in joining, or forming a group here.

      Thanks,

      Leslie

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  • May 15, 2011 at 6:00 pm
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    I am in Newport, RI and would love to start a support group here!!! Please come forward. Anyone living in RI or Mass.

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  • May 15, 2011 at 9:16 pm
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    HI, what city are you in? I’m in the East Bay Area…Brentwood.

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  • May 17, 2011 at 2:11 pm
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    Anyone in Baltimore county Maryland?

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  • May 26, 2011 at 1:00 pm
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    Hello fellow RA’ers I am looking for a group around the Sonora, Ca area. Anyone?

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    • May 27, 2011 at 6:37 am
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      Hi Melissa, I live in Reno now but spent many years in the Sonora and Twain Harte area. You should be able to find me on face book. Just type arthritis in the subject line if you send a message. Where abouts in Sonora are you? I used to log with El Dorado out of Twain Harte and Davis Logging out of Placerville. I can’t any more, RA really did a number on me but I was wondering if I knew ya.

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  • June 6, 2011 at 10:57 pm
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    I think I’ve been all through the posts here but the last one is dated May 27th of 2011. Based on all these posts, it seems as if nobody in Tennessee has found this very informative site.
    My sweet wife was just recently been diagnosed with RA after suffering with symptoms for what seems like several lifetimes. We had our first visit with a Rheumatoligist (sp?) to discuss things.
    Being able to get together with others, both those who have RA and those who are partners with them, would be a very big plus in our life. We live in East Tennessee between Knoxville and Chattanooga. If there is a support group in the area or if there is just some people willing to get together and swap war stories, we’re available.

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    • June 6, 2011 at 11:37 pm
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      Tony, we may have someone in your area who hasn’t posted on this page. I’ll look around. Can you or your wife send me an email in a few days in case I forget?

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      • June 7, 2011 at 1:57 am
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        Thank you Kelly. We will be glad remind you. I will probably do all the communications since right now, my sweet partner is having a very hard time working on computer or anything else for that matter.

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      • June 14, 2011 at 10:06 pm
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        Hi Kelly;

        It’s been a few days, just thought I’d throw out a tentative reminder. Thanks.

        Tony

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        • June 15, 2011 at 9:53 am
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          hang in there. I’m looking around for someone. Hope she’s doing ok.

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        • June 15, 2011 at 5:15 pm
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          Hi Tony,
          I’d be happy to be in touch with your wife and try to be helpful if I can. A RA diagnosis is not good, but better than not knowing or having a chance for treatment.
          Norma

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    • June 15, 2011 at 10:21 am
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      Hello, Tony. I am Miranda, 29, from southwest Virginia and was diagnosed last week with RA. We travel frequently to the Kingsport/Johnson City area and spend many wonderful weekends in Pigeon Forge and visit the Knoxville Zoo several times a year.

      I would love to chat with your wife. Please email me and I will give you more information to find me on Facebook, etc.

      I think it’s wonderful that you are reaching out for your wife. My husband is in a bit of denial about the whole thing, I think. I also can’t help but think that he think sI am making a big deal out of nothing much and he does not understand my pain. I would love for him to have another male to talk to because I am not the only one in our family dealing with RA, he has to live with it through me as well.

      Hope to hear from you soon!

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      • June 15, 2011 at 10:24 am
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        y’all let me know if you want me to forward the email addresses.

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        • June 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm
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          Kelly,
          It will be fine with me if you wish to send my email address to Tony.
          Thanks,
          Norma Peterson

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        • June 15, 2011 at 5:21 pm
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          Kelly,
          Sorry, but I failed to ask that you send any reply to my email, rather than posting it on the RAWarrior site only.
          Thanks,
          Norma Peterson

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    • June 15, 2011 at 2:24 pm
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      Hi! I live in Chattanooga and would absolutely love to meet with your wife! I actually just looked yesterday for a support group here and couldn’t find one. I’m 22 and only got RA 2 years ago. I hope her and I get to meet! I’ve only met a small handful of other people with RA and it’s always been encouraging to talk, just because they “get it.”
      Katie Jo R.

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      • June 15, 2011 at 2:31 pm
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        PS–I’m sure my husband would also love to talk too if you guys ever wanted to talk as couples. Being a “caregiver” of someone with RA can be pretty exhausting, and I know he’d be encouraged to meet you as well.

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    • February 10, 2015 at 10:15 pm
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      Tony
      It’s been awhile since you posted, but hopefully you will get this! I live in Sevierville it’s a little ways away but you are the only person i found from East Tn. I have been looking for a support group in our area and haven’t had any luck.

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  • June 8, 2011 at 9:12 pm
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    Hi there, I am a british woman living in Apex NC looking to meet up with other women with RA

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  • June 14, 2011 at 12:17 pm
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    Anyone in the Cleveland Ohio area? Euclid, east of Clev.

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  • June 15, 2011 at 9:55 am
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    Hey, Linda Racioppa. I am in Hammond, La and would love to communicate or get together to talk about RA.

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  • June 15, 2011 at 10:25 am
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    Anyone from north GA? Buford/Lawrenceville area, 40 miles or so north of Atlanta.

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  • June 15, 2011 at 10:59 am
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    Miranda (and Tony)–
    First– it’s SO good to see YOU on here Tony. Your wife is so lucky to have you. My husband is an ER nurse who deals with a lot of drug seekers (or those like us who appear to be seekers!) and so he has had a tough time supporting me. (and i don’t blame him really- he listens to it all day) I’m glad you are on here because spouses need support too.
    And Miranda- I would love to have my husband have another male to talk with. I work part-time and stay home with the kids while my husband works. The house is always messy and so he gets SO frustrated on my really bad days (when my young kids completely destroy the house)! (and my really bad days aren’t absolutely horrible- i still feed the kids!)
    I am in East Tennessee– Johnson City. (about halfway between both of you!) I do not have an official diagnosis, but all the symptoms and medications. I would love to meet up. I’ll post on the facebook site so you can message me.

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  • June 15, 2011 at 11:38 am
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    Anyone in Northwest Pennsylvania? Was just diagnosed in early January. It’s been interesting!

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    • June 16, 2011 at 7:59 am
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      Andrea,
      I am in NW PA, north of 80, close to the OH line. I am interested in starting or joining an RA support group. Contact me at leslietuk @ gmail. com – I just added spaces to my email to keep the email spiders out of my email. Looking forward to hearing from you.
      Leslie

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  • June 15, 2011 at 1:15 pm
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    Anyone in Grand Rapids, MI area? I would love to meet!

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  • June 16, 2011 at 11:31 am
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    Hi Leslie,
    My name is Nancy and I live in Olive Branch. Unfortunately I am moving Aug 1 but would still love to meet up with you. My email is ncnursernc@yahoo.com

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  • June 16, 2011 at 11:26 pm
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    Anyone in lower NC upper SC area! I’m newly diagnosed and it is so much to take in! Could use some support and someone to talk to! Thanks , Angie

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  • June 25, 2011 at 11:16 am
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    I’ve been living in Miami, FL where we do have a support group. I will be moving to Savannah, GA in a couple of months and I was wondering if anyone knows of any groups in that area?

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  • June 30, 2011 at 10:34 am
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    I really loved reading what I did, easy to read not complicated alot of info. just DX with this disease very informative can’t wait to check my newsletter. thank you for all your help. God Bless you.

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  • June 30, 2011 at 10:39 am
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    Hi My name is Janet, just was told I have RA, starting Methrotrexate July 14, alittle scared taking this Chemo drug, really I’m very scared don’t know what to do. any help. I live in Livonia Mi. just out-side of Detroit. thanks again. I’m on facebook like alot of you, if we can’t meet we can be facebook pals 🙂 mariedolack@yahoo.com .

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  • July 7, 2011 at 2:25 pm
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    looking for a group in the Chicago area.

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  • July 7, 2011 at 2:33 pm
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    A rheumatologist (the second one I’ve seen) just told me I definitely have RA…but it is “cirronegative” (not sure of the spelling) meaning that rheumatoid factor, or whatever it is, doesn’t show up in bloodwork. I have had symptoms for over a year, but the doc didn’t want to label it right away. I’m not in much pain, but I’m directed to take methotrexate anyway. I’m essentially terrified. I’m at child-bearing age, and don’t know if I’m doing the right thing. I’m essentially just doing what the doctor tells me. I would like to find a group around here.. north of Chicago.

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    • July 7, 2011 at 9:36 pm
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      hi Nicole. Sero-negative means just like you said, that the Rf is not up to a certain level in your blood at this time. This is true for at least a third of RA patients and it is not a good indicator of disease activity. There are other anti-bodies and other tests that can be done, so it’s a good sign when your doctor realizes that one negative test does not rule out RA. Many patients’ Rf fluctuates so it may be high enough to be considered postitive at times.
      Your concerns about mtx during childbearing years should also be of concern to your doctors. Rheumatologists consider this to be the most safe & effective disease treatment for RA so they may be more comfortable with it. But there are guidelines for birthcontrol & timelines for pregnancy that need to be considered. The decision is much easier when you are in horrible pain, but I can also see that the doctor wants to avoid that for you. Your doctor wants to help slow damage or prevent the RA from becoming more severe, but I hope he will listen to what you want too. You need to be comfortable with your decision. It’s your decision.
      Finally, I’d recommend that you read more about methotrexate to see if your questions are answered. If you click on the Tags List near the top of the page, you can click on methotrexate to get a list of articles about it here. I hope that helps.

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  • July 25, 2011 at 5:29 pm
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    I am moving to Honolulu Hawaii next month. Wanted to know if there is a group or someone there?

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  • July 27, 2011 at 11:22 pm
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    I live in western mass… Anyone close? I’m 31 and was diagnosed 3 years ago. Have been on plaquenil since then and things have only gotten worse. Dr wants me to go on methotrexate but I’m nervous. Would love a local group. Send me a message at tmstrong98 at gmail dot com.

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  • August 13, 2011 at 10:17 am
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    I looked through most of the post but can’t find anyone from the Cleveland Ohio area…anyone?

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  • August 13, 2011 at 10:21 am
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    I forgot to sign up for reply emails. lol
    Anyone from the Cleveland Ohio area?

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  • August 14, 2011 at 4:32 pm
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    Robyn
    Just found this section on the RAWarrior site… I’m in Spring, TX! Really close to the Woodlands…have y’all found a support group. I was diagnosed with RA a out 12 years ago and with Lupus about 6… It would be great to talk, text, email with someone else in close proximity that “gets it”! Maybe we can get together, I’ve never found one close to me. Send me an email if you have the time. Love to hear from you !

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    • August 14, 2011 at 4:41 pm
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      Lori, if Robyn doesn’t get back to you soon, let me know. I could send her your email if you want me too. No emails are given out without specific permission so no worries.

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    • February 11, 2020 at 6:59 pm
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      Hi Robyn. Just found the website but if you’re still looking for someone with RA.. I’m here. I know it’s been years since you commented on the page but hopefully your still in Spring, Tx.

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  • August 15, 2011 at 8:10 pm
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    I am a fellow CT resident. Can you have Kelly supply my email address (or Kelly, if you see this first can you give me Raquel’s email address). Would love to swap info and stories.

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    • August 15, 2011 at 8:18 pm
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      Tanya, I’ll send her an email for you in case she has not subscribed to comments. Good luck!

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  • August 21, 2011 at 10:45 pm
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    Hi Kelly I was excited to see a woman from St. Louis! I sent her a email and it came back that it was not a good email..bummer..Do you know Mary Kay from St. Louis? Would love to find someone and start a group..Thanks again Kelly

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  • August 22, 2011 at 11:17 am
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    Newly diagnosed, hurting and worried. Anyone in the Eugene, Oregon area?

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  • August 25, 2011 at 4:13 pm
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    Hi I (was) a very active 44 year old male in the gym one and a half to two hours a day…until RA. Now life has taken a different course. Its hard for my family and co-workers to understand. Thats why I would like to find a local group of people I can talk to that understand, and have helping advices.

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  • August 25, 2011 at 5:34 pm
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    Anyone in the Bethlehem,Pa area?

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  • August 25, 2011 at 5:35 pm
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    Is anyone in the Lehigh valley Pa ?

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  • September 13, 2011 at 12:45 am
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    Hi, looking for a support group in Glendale, AZ. Peter from Phoenix, AZ – I would be interested in joining your group.

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  • September 26, 2011 at 8:31 pm
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    anyone in Huntsville, Alabama?

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  • October 1, 2011 at 11:38 pm
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    Hi Kim
    I’m in Masaryktown Florida. Just in case you don’t recognize the town, I live in the South – East part of Hernando County. I noticed that Destin is in the panhandle area of Florida. Would you want to talk via email?
    Hope this message finds you with a little less pain today.
    Take care
    Charity

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  • October 1, 2011 at 11:44 pm
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    Hi+ I live in Masaryktown, Florida which is in Hernando County. Is there anyone near me?

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  • October 3, 2011 at 2:37 pm
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    Anyone in the Princeton, NJ or New Brunswick, NJ area????

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    • October 3, 2011 at 9:48 pm
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      I live about an hour from you.

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      • October 5, 2011 at 3:01 pm
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        Marge, I am located between princeton and new brunswick nj…

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    • October 5, 2011 at 3:02 pm
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      marge, I live between princeton and new brunswick…

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  • October 3, 2011 at 5:19 pm
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    I LIVE IN MORRISVILLE, PA JUST ACROSS THE BRIDGE FROM NJ STATE CAPITAL. ABOUT 20 MINUTES TO 30 MINUTES FROM PRINCETON NJ.

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  • October 3, 2011 at 5:30 pm
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    Hi Vicky,
    I live in Woodinville which is just 25 minutes North of seattle. I am looking for someone to chat with about RA. I was diagnosed last March and have started on Humira this month. I am female and just turned 36. If you would like to talk to me please email at purpledahlias@yahoo.com.
    Thanks Sophia

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  • October 3, 2011 at 11:14 pm
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    MARGE, THAT IS THE STATE CAPITAL OF TRENTON, CLOSE TO RT.1 AND I 95.

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  • October 6, 2011 at 7:33 pm
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    Is there a group in Ventura County, CA or San Fernando Valley, CA??

    West LA is too far from me.
    Thank you 🙂

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  • October 6, 2011 at 7:36 pm
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    Is there a group in Ventura County, CA or San Fernando Valley, CA??

    West LA and Santa Clarita are way too far from me.
    Thank you 🙂

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  • October 6, 2011 at 11:58 pm
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    what are some of the barriers to starting a local ra group. i would like to start a group in ohio but i need to anticipate some of the problems i will encounter. thank you

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  • October 7, 2011 at 12:09 am
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    anyone in northwest ohio?

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  • October 10, 2011 at 11:01 am
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    Anyone in the north Dallas, TX area? would love to join a group- I live in Princeton, Texas – not close enough to Tyler but wish I was – maybe we can meet in the middle – Greenville?

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    • October 10, 2011 at 11:07 am
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      forgot my e-mail address – kkdaven@gmail.com put RA group in subject line – look forward to hearing from “Someone”!

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  • October 11, 2011 at 11:09 pm
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    I am in New Smyrna Beach, FL. I would like to stay in my immediate community to find a support group or start one myself.

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    • October 11, 2011 at 11:28 pm
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      Corrine, I must be about an hour from you and have spent many special days at NSB. I’d love to help you with that if I can. If you’ll contact me by email, I’ll introduce you to my good friends at AI who are tremendous at helping set up group for local RA support. I’d also gladly help advertise the new meetup or look for members. Please email me at kelly @ rawarrior.com – but fair warning that I’m behind on emails right now.

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