On Saturday, December 5, 2009 the North Carolina/Raleigh Vasculitis Support Group, a chapter of the Vasculitis Foundation, met in Durham. There were 35 participants, including 18 vasculitis patients.
Our program included a panel of patients and caregivers discussing “Nurturing Relationships While Living With Vasculitis.” Our panelists – Christina Cornell, Bill Cox, Bob Dill and Donna Woodruff with moderator Delesha Carpenter – were honest, funny, helpful and completely engaging in sharing their experiences and tips. For each, vasculitis has brought challenges and changes. A theme that emerged from the discussion is the valuable role of counseling in living with vasculitis and nurturing relationships. Also, both patients and caregivers believed that listening was of primary importance to enhancing communication.
We enjoyed talking with each other and sharing experiences. Our next meeting will be in Spring 2010. If you or someone you know is interested in attending, please feel free to contact me.
Elaine Holmes, Chapter Leader