Forums and online communities
In the last few months I have done a lot of searching on the internet for local support groups, people in my area and online forums that I could possibly relate to. I love my family and friends, but I did not want to bother or bore them any more with what I was going through, and wanted to be lifted in spirits by people that have ‘been there and done that’.
There were some charity websites I found that have been very helpful and last weekend I went to the first 'Arthritis Action' support group in Warrington, and felt that I took a lot from the organisers and met some nice people. I shall be writing about this meeting and these charities in other blogs.
I have never been a huge fan of forums, as although everyone has some very good opinions, it can become rather intense. I spent some time reading comments written by all different people about themselves, their children or spouses and I came away from it feeling low, uncomfortable and more strongly about creating this website.
I would like to enforce a positive attitude, help you feel inspired and happy and healthy, and find yourself within a community online that can bring happiness and offer constructive advice.
I hope that 'Rheum For Improvement' will help us all to talk about how we feel, and share our stories and opinions. I am excited to learn from you, just as much as I hope you may learn a few things from me and feel supported through what I do.
Using other ways to channel your feelings is an excellent way to feel more positive and enthusiastic, and I will show my experiences of many activities, in the hope that you will be inspired to try whatever your body will allow.