Welcome to the

Osteoarthritis Connect Group

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52 Members

This online group serves the members of our arthritis community who are living with Osteoarthritis 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 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 

Upcoming Events

  • Friday February 17th 2023
    8:30 PM ET
    1h
  • Virtual Event
  •   24 people attending
Osteoarthritis Connect Group - First Meet and Greet Kick Off

Join us on Feb 17, 2023 at 5:30pm PT/6:30pm MT/7:30pm CT/8:30pm ET for our first 60 minute event – a meet and greet for the OA community. Bring your favorite beverage and join us for a casual conversation on zoom and let's get to know each other. We will also share some Arthritis Foundation Resources with you and ask what you would like to learn about at future meetings. 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. The Zoom link will be sent the day of the event to those who RSVP. If you do not receive the link, please check your spam folder. If you need additional login information, please visit the group’s discussion tab the day of the event. Please plan to log in a few minutes early. We look forward to seeing you soon!

 This is a Virtual Event. 
  • Thursday March 23rd 2023
    7:30 PM ET
    1h
  • Virtual Event
  •   6 people attending
Osteoarthritis Connect Group - Encore Meet and Greet

Join us on March 23, 2023 at 4:30pm PT/5:30pm MT/6:30pm CT/7:30pm ET fora 60 minute encore meet and greet for the OA community in the event that you could make our first event on 2/17/23. Bring your favorite beverage and join us for a casual conversation on zoom and let's get to know each other. We will also share some Arthritis Foundation Resources with you and ask what you would like to learn about at future meetings. 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. The Zoom link will be sent the day of the event to those who RSVP. If you do not receive the link, please check your spam folder. If you need additional login information, please visit the group’s discussion tab the day of the event. 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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  • Friday February 17th 2023
    8:30 PM ET
    1h
  • Virtual Event
  •   24 people attending
Osteoarthritis Connect Group - First Meet and Greet Kick Off

Join us on Feb 17, 2023 at 5:30pm PT/6:30pm MT/7:30pm CT/8:30pm ET for our first 60 minute event – a meet and greet for the OA community. Bring your favorite beverage and join us for a casual conversation on zoom and let's get to know each other. We will also share some Arthritis Foundation Resources with you and ask what you would like to learn about at future meetings. 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. The Zoom link will be sent the day of the event to those who RSVP. If you do not receive the link, please check your spam folder. If you need additional login information, please visit the group’s discussion tab the day of the event. Please plan to log in a few minutes early. We look forward to seeing you soon!

 This is a Virtual Event. 
  • Thursday March 23rd 2023
    7:30 PM ET
    1h
  • Virtual Event
  •   6 people attending
Osteoarthritis Connect Group - Encore Meet and Greet

Join us on March 23, 2023 at 4:30pm PT/5:30pm MT/6:30pm CT/7:30pm ET fora 60 minute encore meet and greet for the OA community in the event that you could make our first event on 2/17/23. Bring your favorite beverage and join us for a casual conversation on zoom and let's get to know each other. We will also share some Arthritis Foundation Resources with you and ask what you would like to learn about at future meetings. 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. The Zoom link will be sent the day of the event to those who RSVP. If you do not receive the link, please check your spam folder. If you need additional login information, please visit the group’s discussion tab the day of the event. 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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Haydee S
Haydee S
January 31, 2023 - 2:27 AM

Do you want to connect with others between meetings? 

Visit the Online Community at https://liveyes.arthritis.org and find the Osteoarthritis Discussion

 

Marcia E
Marcia E
January 28, 2023 - 9:33 PM

I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis of my left knee when I couldn't walk on it. I have had a cortisone shot which has helped! The doctors have told me to exercise and eat antiflammatory fruit and vegetables! They recommended Omega 3, too. I am nervous about going back to work so I don 't do further damage.

Does anyone have any additional advice or support which has helped them? I truly appreciate anyone's input! Thank you!

 

Haydee S
Haydee S
January 31, 2023 - 2:20 AM

HI Marcia... thanks for posting on our group's bulletin board.  I will send you a message.   I hope you can join us for our upcoming event and woulld suggest that your visit our osteoarthritis hub which is jam packed with larticles and resources. at https://www.arthritis.org/osteoarthritis-patient-education.

this article may be of interest: https://www.arthritis.org/diseases/more-about/slowing-osteoarthritis-progression

susan m
susan m
January 26, 2023 - 5:40 PM

HI everyone,
 

I hope this note finds you well.  If you are new to the group Welcome!

Wanted to share that there is a webinar tonight if you are available to attend.

Thank you for taking a moment to learn what's happening,

  • Webinar: Arthritis Resolutions: Simple Changes, Big Results– Thursday, January 26th, 7PM Eastern - In this webinar, a rheumatologist, life coach, and habit expert will offer solutions to help you to reset your health with arthritis. Register here
  • Volunteers and Connect Group members are invited to the Pathways Conference 2023 -March 9-11, 2023 at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront - We’ll celebrate amazing volunteers like you — and the ongoing impact we’re all making together for arthritis patients, caregivers and the whole arthritis community. Learn more here and  Register for the Conference today!   

Reach out if have questions and I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming event!


Haydee

Haydee Sedlmeier (she/her)

Live Yes! Connect Group Facilitator West Los Angeles, CA
M: (310) 210-6326 [email protected]

Arthritis Foundation Help Line 800-283-7800

Susan Mitchell

Live Yes! Connect Groupd OA Facilitator

 

Deb A
Deb A
January 19, 2023 - 12:55 PM

Good morning - you can also support your local connect groups by looking up your state and nearest city at Find a local Group near you

or if link doesnt work go to  https://connectgroups.arthritis.org/ and search by state etc..

 

 

Rebekah D
Rebekah D
January 17, 2023 - 11:17 PM

I see that our first event is at 5:30 am pacific time, so needless to say I won't be there. I hope there will be some later in the day! It'll be great to meet you all.

Rebekah D
Rebekah D
January 17, 2023 - 11:18 PM

Oops maybe it's PM? In which case I will try to attend!

Lori T
Lori T
December 26, 2022 - 12:43 PM

Hi, I have osteoarthritis. I'm looking for an online support group that meets weekly. Can anyone help?

thanks

Deb A
Deb A
December 26, 2022 - 12:51 PM

HI Lori T and welcome. This is a new group and details are in the works.

I am not sure what state you are in but we also have local connect groups that are virtual and some are in person.

Live Yes Connect Groups

You would search by state and area or you can always jump into one of mine

I am in Ohio - Mahoning Valley and I also have one for Orlando East  Florida

Feel free to message me and I can try to help ya find a few.

Have a great day

Deb Andio

Kathryn S
Kathryn S
December 22, 2022 - 8:53 PM

Hello, everyone.  Just joined the group.  I have osteoarthritis.

Deb A
Deb A
December 23, 2022 - 10:13 AM

Welcome Kathryn,  and thank you for joining our Live Yes! Connect Group. 

Barbara S
Barbara S
December 19, 2022 - 1:29 AM

I just joined this support group. Do you meet online or in person?  

I have chronic pain due to OA.  I cannot sleep at night.  I cannot take aspirin or NSAIDS.  Tylenol does not help much.  I do not want to get addicted to opioids or Tylenol PM.  Any suggestions?

Barbara

Deb A
Deb A
December 20, 2022 - 1:29 AM

Hi Barbara 

welcome 

we meet virtually.

here is some information on OA , I had pain relief from PRP injections but talk to your doctor, as it depends on stage of OA progression. 

May I ask what state you are in? Because there are also local connect groups and you can always join mine as well  

https://connectgroups.arthritis.org/groups/mahoning-valley

https://www.arthritis.org/diseases/osteoarthritis

we will discuss a variety of things here. 

Deb 
 

 

Deb A
Deb A
December 17, 2022 - 4:43 PM

Hello and Welcome Everyone !

Chris H
Chris H
December 15, 2022 - 10:14 PM

Hi - I am a 75 yo female who has had OA/fibromyalgia for a number of years.  However, over the last year I have not been able to put up with the pain and immobility.  Last week my doctor finally said I was ready for replacement of both knees.  He also said that 1 out of 5 replacements don't help.  I am really concerned about doing the operations but feel I must take the chance.  What do you folks think?

Deb A
Deb A
December 23, 2022 - 10:14 AM

Welcome Chris, and thank you for joining our Live Yes! Connect Group. On behalf of our community, we want to welcome you to the group. We look forward to meeting you.

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