Chicago NW Suburbs

Meetings offer education, encouragement, emotional support, and allow for open discussion about managing and living with spondyloarthritis.

Upcoming Meeting(s)

Sunday, January 29, 2023
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM CST

Location: Virtual meeting, using Zoom.

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Topic: a conversation with Steven Tannenbaum the writer, director and star of Straighten Up and Fly Right. 

Straighten Up and Fly Right is a film about a relationship between two people who happen to share a crippling disability and a sharp sense of humor. The relationship depicted in the film is based on the journey that the film’s creators, Steven and Kristen, took together.

Here is the link to watch the film BEFORE our conversation:

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Gail Wright

Gail Wright


About Chicago's Northwest Suburbs Support Group Co-Leaders

Gail Wright

Gail Wright is a teacher of students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. She’s been teaching in a variety of settings for 27 years. Gail was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis in January of 2014. She enjoys exercising, hiking, being outdoors – especially in the mountains, gardening and being with great friends. She has an amazing, supportive husband and two great kids.

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