As a librarian, I have always loved researching. Although I know researching illnesses can be a big no-no, I have done plenty of research on spondyloarthritis. It all began with uveitis (sometimes I feel like I know more than my own eye doctor). However, when I got plantar fasciitis, a rheumatologist suggested I have undifferentiated spondyloarthritis and reactive arthritis. After piriformis syndrome turned up, I suspected ankylosing spondylitis, but my rheumatologist now suggests psoriatic arthritis.
I am newly diagnosed, but sure know bits and pieces of the different types, and, hey, aren’t they fun to spell? As part of my research, I looked into support groups in my area. Much to my dismay, I only found two groups in Florida, none near the Tampa Bay area. With the help of SAA, I am ready to offer a support group for those who have an interest in learning more about spondyloarthritis. Whether it is just an open forum to discuss or a place to bring in guest speakers, I hope to make the meetings both comfortable and informative.
While I’m not working anymore as a school librarian, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two college-aged children, my cat, and books.