Peer Support Partner – Val


Age at diagnosis?

I was diagnosed in 2008 – less than a year ago.

Why I chose to be a Peer Support Partner

 When I was first diagnosed less than a year ago, a friend connected me to another person with RA who lives in Texas. This person emailed me daily and was extremely helpful at the beginning in allaying my fears.  I look forward to helping others in the same way.

A little about me

I am a 65 year old nurse by profession, have been semi-retired for about half a year and am very positive!  I walk daily, am a big advocate of exercise and consider every day a gift. I enjoy writing articles, teaching adult education, doll house decorating and gardening.