As you know I am the founder of Squeaky Joints. 5 years ago it was my Arthritis Foundation walk team name and has been every year since. A little over 3 years ago I met a woman online and we discussed the lack of support, at the time, in communities and on social media. The next day I created a FB support group and added this woman as an admin and together we would run Squeaky Joints the support group.
Fast forward to Oct 11, 2014. Squeaky Joints was growing with 8,700+ members. I asked the other admin about some questionable things that were going on. Unfortunately it wasn't taken so well. I was deleted and blocked from the support group. Since then I have kept pretty tight lipped about this and have been bashed all over social media by this person and harassed with messages and threats. I think the worst part is all my members thinking I left voluntarily. That I abandoned them when that's the complete opposite of what went down.
Now on to the good news! I have been blessed with so much love and support from my friends and family. So many have rallied behind me making something that should have been hard that much easier.
Knowing that there are still people in need of support I wasted no time in getting a new group and a new brand up and running. It is with great pride I introduce to you Arthritis Rebuild. A safe haven to get support without judgement. Within a week of opening we had 400 members. The visions and the possibilities I have before me are endless. A few weeks in and the logo and website are almost done. We have a some great people that we are calling The AR Administration Leadership Team. They will be helping out with some side groups I have put in place. A place to show off crafts, share recipes, fellowship, fitness, and saving money.
This is an exciting time and I am happy to share the news with you. Had I been holding on to the loss of Squeaky Joints, my hands would not have been free to open this new door! I'll keep you posted.
Please come check the group out. All are welcome!