Hi my name is Wendy and I am so honored to be nominated for this award. I was diagnosed in 2011 with RA and have been struggling with this disease. I decided if this disease could not be cured, then perhaps I can make a difference by reaching out and helping others. I have helped to start a facebook support group. Friends and Family of Autoimmune Diseases. I advocate with the ACR and have been to Washington DC to try to spread awareness, and while there went to NIH and NIAAMs, to learn more about autoimmune disease and help in anyway I can with research and awareness to help us find treatment and cures. I also work with IFAA, the international foundation of autoimmune arthritis, which does so much to help spread awareness of autoimmune arthritis, and help educate others. Thank you so much.
This is the best closed support group for people with Auti Immune Diseases and their families to gather and receive support during our very tiresome and endless illness journeys. The Administrators and members are some of the most supportive and compassionate people you could ever find. — Liz
this little family of folks has such a wonderful caring, sharing dynamic, and it just blows me away everytime I see them in action. folks who come to us will usually come away with such a feeling of being loved,heard and appreciated — Wendy
This group is wonderful, the support and caring that the members show toward one another is so inspiring, and comforting. It is a peaceful place that you can come with your concerns, triumphs, or sorrows and be consoled, lifted up or have someone share your joy. Thank you for all of the love and support that you have shown me so often. — Wendy
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