I developed RA when I was around 12 years old and have been living with it for over 30 years.

I want to be a Peer Support Partner to give others encouragement and hope by listening, caring, and giving them a sounding board. I feel that I could have benefited from this sort of relationship when I was first diagnosed and anticipate that this will be a great experience.

Although I can’t do heavy lifting, I am still very active, enjoy going to the gym…

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Patients talking about Peer Support

"We met for coffee and talked for 3 hours. We both thought it was nice to talk to someone who gets it. We will try and get together again soon."

- Clare Coco, Peer Support Partner

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"It was nice to share internal thoughts that accompany us on this journey, especially regarding the affects and effects of the medicines and other treatments we have thried or are currently using"

- Elizabeth Benson, a Patient Partner

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