When Carolyn Begeman was diagnosed with Axial Spondyloarthritis, it took about six months until she was ready to talk about her condition openly. At the Albuquerque/Santa Fe Support Group, she found others who understood the grief at suffering for a decade misdiagnosed, at not being able to be physically active in the way she had been, and the difficulties of managing work and life with pain and fatigue. The support group members were also there to celebrate as Carolyn found medication that helped — a lot! Carolyn is excited to be able to pay it forward as a support group leader and welcomes anyone in the spondylitis community to join the meetings. She spends her time outside the meetings working as a climate scientist, walking and hiking with her dog and wife, knitting, and cooking (when energy allows!).