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African Americans Connect Group

African Americans
199 Members

This online group serves the members of our arthritis community who are African American from across the country. We invite those who are looking for support, education, robust programming, expert speakers, and connection to join us and meet others who understand.

Live Yes! Connect Groups offer connections, education, and empowerment. Adults living with arthritis from across the country come together online for professional- and volunteer-led sessions on a variety of topics, as well as fun group activities.


We offer a place of understanding and encouragement for both people living with arthritis and their loved ones. Group participants become self-advocates, develop self-management skills, and learn how to not just survive life with arthritis but to thrive.
 

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, April 20th, 2024
    2:00 PM ET
    1h 30m
  • Virtual Event
  •   18 people attending
African American Virtual Connect Group – Arthritis-Friendly Yoga

We are delighted to welcome back Sherrell Moore Tucker for a “Yoga for Arthritis” experience. Yoga is gentle and therapeutic movements specifically designed to alleviate joint pain and stiffness. Sherrell will guide you through a series of accessible yoga poses and mindful breathing techniques, promoting flexibility, strength, and overall well-being for those managing arthritis. Sherrell is a fellow warrior and will share the benefits and tailoring a practice to meet your needs event on days when movement is limited. Discover a supportive and inclusive environment tailored to enhance your physical and mental health on your journey to greater mobility. Yoga for Arthritis is an evidence-based program developed at Johns Hopkins that was sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation. Chair and mat options will be offered. You may want to have handy a blanket or covering for relaxation...a belt, yoga strap or towel might be helpful as well.

Sherrell is a trauma-informed wellness educator who began practicing and teaching yoga since 2010. When she received a diagnosis of osteoarthritis while serving in the Army her doctor recommended yoga and that recommendation transformed her life and opened the door to healing mind, body, and spirit. She is registered with the National Yoga Alliance, as an experienced registered yoga teacher (E-RYT-200), having taught over 1,000 hours of yoga. She has completed training and certifications for iRest® Level 1 teacher informed by the teachings of Dr. Richard Miller and iRest Institute, Restorative Yoga for Race-Based Traumatic Stress Injury informed by the teachings of Dr. Gail Parker, Christian & Biblical meditation informed by the teachings of Dr. K.D Weaver and the Sleeping with God Meditation Center, and she is on track to complete training for Yoga for Arthritis (YFA) Level I teacher in Fall 2022.

After our presentation, there will be time to connect with others. Friends, Family, and Care Partners are always welcome to join meetings.

We respect privacy and confidentiality and do not record our online meetings.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link to participate via video or phone. Being on video is not required, nor having a Zoom account. A confirmation email will be sent upon registration with the Zoom link. If you do not receive the registration confirmation, please check your spam folder. Please plan to log in a few minutes early

We look forward to seeing you soon!

 This is a Virtual Event. 
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Arthritis Foundation Event
  • Saturday, April 20th, 2024
    2:00 PM ET
    1h 30m
  • Virtual Event
  •   18 people attending
African American Virtual Connect Group – Arthritis-Friendly Yoga

We are delighted to welcome back Sherrell Moore Tucker for a “Yoga for Arthritis” experience. Yoga is gentle and therapeutic movements specifically designed to alleviate joint pain and stiffness. Sherrell will guide you through a series of accessible yoga poses and mindful breathing techniques, promoting flexibility, strength, and overall well-being for those managing arthritis. Sherrell is a fellow warrior and will share the benefits and tailoring a practice to meet your needs event on days when movement is limited. Discover a supportive and inclusive environment tailored to enhance your physical and mental health on your journey to greater mobility. Yoga for Arthritis is an evidence-based program developed at Johns Hopkins that was sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation. Chair and mat options will be offered. You may want to have handy a blanket or covering for relaxation...a belt, yoga strap or towel might be helpful as well.

Sherrell is a trauma-informed wellness educator who began practicing and teaching yoga since 2010. When she received a diagnosis of osteoarthritis while serving in the Army her doctor recommended yoga and that recommendation transformed her life and opened the door to healing mind, body, and spirit. She is registered with the National Yoga Alliance, as an experienced registered yoga teacher (E-RYT-200), having taught over 1,000 hours of yoga. She has completed training and certifications for iRest® Level 1 teacher informed by the teachings of Dr. Richard Miller and iRest Institute, Restorative Yoga for Race-Based Traumatic Stress Injury informed by the teachings of Dr. Gail Parker, Christian & Biblical meditation informed by the teachings of Dr. K.D Weaver and the Sleeping with God Meditation Center, and she is on track to complete training for Yoga for Arthritis (YFA) Level I teacher in Fall 2022.

After our presentation, there will be time to connect with others. Friends, Family, and Care Partners are always welcome to join meetings.

We respect privacy and confidentiality and do not record our online meetings.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link to participate via video or phone. Being on video is not required, nor having a Zoom account. A confirmation email will be sent upon registration with the Zoom link. If you do not receive the registration confirmation, please check your spam folder. Please plan to log in a few minutes early

We look forward to seeing you soon!

 This is a Virtual Event. 
Facilitators [2]
Members [199]

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Amanda W
Amanda W
April 29, 2023 - 12:09 AM

Hello, everyone.  My name is Amanda.  I am happy to f I was formally diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of 32 but had been suffering with joint damage and and had my 1st knee surgery as a child.  It has been 24 years, and  I am finally getting stable enough to be  able to focus on the other aspect of my life.  My goal at this season in my battle of to find balance in my life. I spent many years focused on pain and sickness by force.  Now, I'm focusing on what brings me joy in spite of the pain.   I am no longer in  the work force but with a degree in social work, I would like to learn how to advocate more for our community to get the resources and support that we need. I have dedicated my social media pages to sharing information and awareness.  I am sure I'm not the only one, who needed help during the Social Security application process, finding housing, mental health resources and even career or volunteer services.  I'm in Arizona and am not aware of any social agencies or groups that offer these services.  Is anyone aware of any active support groups for autoimmune warriors of color in my region?  Are there organizations like this in general in your states? 

Amanda W
Amanda W
April 29, 2023 - 12:12 AM

please excuse the errors...i hit send by mistake and cant figure out how to edit or delete.  

Jennifer M
Jennifer M
February 18, 2023 - 5:07 PM

Jen Miles...didn't receive the Zoom link.  I guess I won't make it.

TERRI W
TERRI W
November 18, 2022 - 3:24 PM

Hello, my name is Terri Walker and i am new to this group.  I was diagnosed with RA in June of 2021 and struggled with starting medication. The initial DMARD did not help so now am taking a Biologic and really would like to connect with others and their experiences with a biologic.  I am currently taking Cimzia.

Michelle J
Michelle J
October 8, 2022 - 5:43 PM

When do you have group online 

Kia  B
Kia B
September 1, 2022 - 11:05 PM

Hello,

My name is Kia Booker. Unfortunately, I have a conflict and can't attend the Meet & Greet on Sept. 17th but I do look forward to getting to know all of you. 

LaVanda W
LaVanda W
April 19, 2023 - 7:25 PM

Hello, 

I am looking for a black rheumatologist that treats Osteoarthritis. 

Does anyone know where to buy a'-KLOTHO and TGFβR2 

Osteoarthritis 

Northern Illinois 

Thank you