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

Upcoming Meeting(s)

  • Thursday, January 13, 2022
    6:00 PM – 8:00 pm CST

Meeting Location

La Madeleine
11930 Preston Road, Suite 100
Dallas, TX 75230

Please come 15 minutes ahead of time to place a food or drink order. The restaurant does not charge for the room but expects Food/drink sales from the group using their room.

If you have any questions, please email support group leader, Lynda Kingsley by email at degrowkingsley@gmail.com

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

We will spend one hour looking at AS versus Axial Spondyloarthritis and new findings. The second hour will allow attendees to ask specific questions about doctors, meds, disease process, etc.

Leadership

Don Markham

Lynda Kingsley

Clarine "Skipp" Andresen

About Dallas' Support Group Co-Leaders

Don Markham

I was diagnosed formally with AS in 2014. After having issues with my hips, back, and knees for two decades, I had my first major flare in 2014 that lead to my ankylosing spondylitis diagnosis. Since my diagnosis I have embarked on a journey in fitness and diet to help along with my biological medication to fight the disease. I have since gone on to compete in power lifting and now body building to help raise awareness of the struggle others face with this disease. I try to advocate any chance I can. I am hoping to bring a positive attitude and motivation to the group meetings as well as spread information and awareness to other warriors fighting spondylitis.

Lynda Kingsley

Lynda Kingsley is a north Texas artist who has dealt with spondylitis and misdiagnosis for over 20 years. She formerly helped run her family business with her husband and 3 children in Las Cruces, New Mexico for 27 years. When she became ill and could find little help for pain, fatigue and limitations, she knew she would have to retire from their business. She went back to school, taking two classes at a time, and received a BFA in studio art. Now she teaches watercolors and paints for design studios and residential customers while on a schedule that accommodates her spondylitis issues. She lives in the Historic District of McKinney, Texas with three rescued Basset Hounds and her husband, a professor at Southern Methodist University.

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.

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