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

Upcoming Meeting(s)

Monday, January 30, 2023
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM CST

Meeting Location

Virtual meeting, using Zoom.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84013013439?pwd=R3R6SUtXSmlnZTBkT3JjSmp0TDV1QT09

Meeting link: 840 1301 3439
Passcode: 376273

Social Media

If you are in the Dallas area please join our Dallas Spondylitis Support Group Facebook page to connect with other Spondylitis folks in the area: DFW Spondylitis Friends

Topic: Roundtable Discussion

Leadership

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Clarine "Skipp" Andresen

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Allison Williams

About Dallas' Support Group Co-Leaders

Clarine "Skipp" Andresen

My spondylitis diagnosis developed following an unusual course which began with a colon infection and subsequent development of reactive arthritis in 2002, leading eventually to the diagnosis of undifferentiated spondylitis in 2004. I prefer exploring alternative therapies to alleviate my pain and inflammation and to prevent the disease from progressing, and my medications of choice are low-dose naltrexone and plaquenil.

A professional musician, researcher and writer, and a former adjunct college music professor, I am committed to staying active through my disease and pain. Among my passions are my two herding dogs, and currently I run competitive dog agility with my border collie.

I enjoy reading medical journals and I believe knowledge is our empowerment.

Allison Williams

My AS journey began in the Summer of 2017 when I had back pain that left me unable to function and made everything hurt. In 2020 I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis and Fibromyalgia. Although the journey has been hard, I am still learning to cope with my disease and figuring out the tricks to living a full life.

Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, I grew up a fairly active child and found my love of music and art from a very young age. You will often find me randomly dancing to a good song. I’m also a huge Star Wars and Marvel nerd. My dog Georgia is the highlight of my life and reminds me that life is as good as you make it and not what others make of it for you. I look forward to helping build a community where people know that they are not alone and who understands what they are going through.

Want to Start a New Support Group?

We’d love to have you join our team of passionate volunteers leading our spondylitis educational support groups! Learn more about how to get started here, and reach out to programs@spondylitis.org