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Living with arthritis or and related disease can add extra challenges on top of everything else going on in your life. Connect with others who share similar challenges.  Hear what others have learned that might help you. And share your own tips to help our community even more. You’re not alone. Join or start a Live Yes! Connect Group or event to get educated and feel empowered.

How often have you heard things like, “Kids don’t get arthritis.” Or “But you’re too young to have arthritis.” Or “You don’t look very sick.” Or “Suck it up, anybody can deal with annoying aches and pains.” Talk about annoying remarks. Doesn’t it drive you crazy? 

Whether it’s an insensitive stranger, a flippant friend or a well-meaning family member, you probably want to say something like, “You really don’t get it, do you?” Of course, YOU KNOW arthritis sucks (to be blunt), but most people don’t understand what you’re going through. It can be a very isolating and lonely disease. 

That’s why we’ve formed Live Yes! Connect Groups across the country. 

It’s where adults or parents/guardians of children with arthritis or any rheumatic condition can meet face to face with other adults who understand what living with arthritis is like. 

“Being part of this community means a lot more than just finding out tips on medications. It brings together people who would otherwise be alone in their diagnosis.” 

—Cassie P, Phoenix, Arizona 

“It’s a wonderful support network and a comfort to me to know there are people who are experiencing the same health challenges.” 

—Anne H, Tucson, Arizona 

“Because of what I learn from this group, I’m able to have more intelligent conversations with my rheumatologist and even my friends and family. I feel more in charge of my disease.” 

—Carly P, Los Angeles, California 

  • Live Yes! Connect Groups bring people together for activities focused on mutual support and positive coping strategies. 
  • We all have in common the unique challenges of balancing everyday demands like school, career, relationships, family activities and/or retirement, while also dealing with the difficulties a chronic disease brings. 
  • Our groups offer a place of understanding and encouragement for people with arthritis or a related illness and their loved ones. 
  • Participants are of all ages and stages of arthritis, ranging from the newly diagnosed to those who have been living with the disease for years, and anywhere in between. 

Local groups are guided by volunteers who are trained to facilitate these meetups and who are personally impacted by arthritis.  Facilitators know firsthand about the complications and challenges of the disease and serve as a resource for information and suggestions. Meeting activities are tailored to each group’s needs and ideas. 

It’s a personalized opportunity — in a safe, trusting and caring environment — to share stories, exchange tips and be educated and empowered. 

  • Live Yes! Connect Groups feature a combination of learning and social activities. 
  • Education often includes health care experts who speak about health and wellness. Groups may conduct arthritis-related classes, have informal roundtable discussions on topics of mutual interest or share life hacks and disease-management skills. 
  • Social events are a popular way to just have fun in the company of others who “get it,” whether it’s going to a show, bowling, visiting a local attraction or enjoying a meal out. 

Live Yes! Connect Groups foster meaningful connections. They address the emotional, social and practical challenges of living with arthritis. Group members gain skills to advocate for themselves or their child, develop or help their child develop self-management skills and discover strategies for daily living.

Through your local Live Yes! Connect Group, you can gain the knowledge, confidence and resilience to be an empowered patient or caregiver — who doesn’t just survive life with arthritis, but also THRIVES. 

Your Live Yes! Connect Group can help you LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE! Friends, loved ones and caregivers are also welcome to join us. 

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The Arthritis Foundation is focused on finding a cure and championing the fight against arthritis with life-changing information, advocacy, science and community. We can only achieve these goals with your help. Strong, outspoken and engaged volunteers will help us conquer arthritis. By getting involved, you become a leader in our organization and help make a difference in the lives of millions. Join us and become a Champion of Yes.

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By taking part in the Live Yes! INSIGHTS assessment, you’ll be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis, for yourself and for 54 million others. And all it takes is just 10 minutes.

Your shared experiences will help:

- Lead to more effective treatments and outcomes
- Develop programs to meet the needs of you and your community
- Shape a powerful agenda that fights for you

Now is the time to make your voice count, for yourself and the entire arthritis community. 

Currently this program is for the adult arthritis community.  Since the needs of the juvenile arthritis (JA) community are unique, we are currently working with experts to develop a customized experience for JA families. 

How are you changing the future?

By sharing your experience, you’re showing decision-makers the realities of living with arthritis, paving the way for change. You’re helping break down barriers to care, inform research and create resources that make a difference in people’s lives, including your own.

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Meet Our Partners

As a partner, you will help the Arthritis Foundation provide life-changing resources, science, advocacy and community connections for people with arthritis, the nations leading cause of disability. Join us today and help lead the way as a Champion of Yes.


Our Trailblazers are committed partners ready to lead the way, take action and fight for everyday victories. They contribute $2,000,000 to $2,749,000


Our Visionary partners help us plan for a future that includes a cure for arthritis. These inspired and inventive champions have contributed $1,500,00 to $1,999,999.


Our Pioneers are always ready to explore and find new weapons in the fight against arthritis. They contribute $1,000,000 to $1,499,999.


Our Pacesetters ensure that we can chart the course for a cure for those who live with arthritis. They contribute $500,000 to $999,000.


Our Signature partners make their mark by helping us identify new and meaningful resources for people with arthritis. They contribute $250,000 to $499,999.


Our Supporting partners are active champions who provide encouragement and assistance to the arthritis community. They contribute $100,000 to $249,999.