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

Upcoming Meeting(s)

  • Friday, November 22, 2019
    5pm – 6pm

Meeting Location

  • Southern Tier Church of Christ
    351 E. Thurston St.
    Elmira, NY 14901

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Topic: Guest speaker Kelly McElhaney, BSN, RN, AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor.

The primary focus of the presentation will be around the use of Yoga as a gentle approach to management of arthritic symptoms, using a low impact, regular physical activity to keep joints flexible, maintain muscle tone and manage weight. Yoga is gentle and less stressful on joints than many other exercise modalities, and studies show it offers both physical and psychological benefits. We will also discuss different breathing techniques to manage stress and anxiety, while giving you a sense of calm and relaxation. Light refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP for this event to leader Penny at pennystoneras@gmail.com.


Penny Stoner

Penny Stoner

About Penny Stoner, Elmira Support Group Leader

I live in upstate New York. I am a teaching assistant in public education who loves working with young children. I am married and have five grown children who are married. I enjoy biking, traveling, reading, quilting and spending time with all or any of my five grandchildren. I am also active in my church teaching Sunday school and helping with a financial peace class that helps people get out of debt.

Ankylosing Spondylitis became part of my life in 2005 when my 17 year old was diagnosed. It came as a total surprise and took a while to diagnose. I had never heard of this inflammatory disease before that but it has become a part of my daily life. I was diagnosed eight years later in 2013. It was a very frustrating time for me as several doctors tried to figure out what was wrong. I actually could not walk for a couple of months during that time. I am happy to say that with the correct treatment I am doing much better! I take it one day at a time and try to not to take things for granted – flare ups can come at the most inopportune time. It is my hope that this support group will provide valuable resources (which I continue to learn about) and encouragement to help anyone who is living with this inflammatory disease.

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