Below are a list of disease-specific support groups.
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3 - 15273 24th Ave.
Surrey, BC V4A 2H9
Phone: (604) 531-8307
Self-help group for patients and interested health professionals. Encourages public and professional awareness of ankylosing spondylitis; encourages world-wide communications with other spondylitis groups; and offers mutual support and patient education. Publishes a quarterly newsletter and holds information meetings: Call for details.
Read the latest newsletter on ankylosing spondylitis from The Arthritis Society.
Phone: 604.714.5562 or 1.866.414.7766 Ext. 562
c/o The Arthritis Society BC and Yukon Division.
The Arthritis Social Crew is a casual, fun group that meets monthly in the Greater Vancouver area.We have geared this group towards young adults between 18 and 30ish who deal with the daily effects of the many forms of arthritis, lupus or fibromyalgia. We would be happy to hear from other young adults that are not in the Greater Vancouver area to discuss and support each other with our arthritis issues.
PO Box 15455
Vancouver, BC V6B 5B2
Phone: (604) 878.7707 or 1.888.353.6322 (Toll-free)
The BC Fibromyalgia Society provides information and education about fibromyalgia to patients, physicians, specialists and allied health care professionals. Has a network of self-help groups. Membership dues are $20 per year and include the quarterly newsletter 'FM Forum'. Call for information about meeting times and locations.
200 - 1645 West 7th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6J 1S
Phone: (604) 714-5564
The BC Lupus Society hosts education and support groups for lupus patients and their families. An extensive volunteer network of more than 50 contacts and support groups links the society to thousands of people affected by lupus. Literature is available in Chinese, French, and Spanish. Publishes a quarterly newsletter. Annual membership is $20.
Felty's syndrome occurs in 1% or less of patients with rheumatoid arthritis. The spleen is enlarged, the white blood cell count is below normal and there is increased susceptibility to infection. To speak with others who have this condition, please e-mail Ronnie c/o firstname.lastname@example.org
2910 Arbutus Street
Vancouver, BC V6J 3Y9
Phone: (604) 731-4997 or 1-800-363-1933
Event line: (604) 731-2663
Fax: (604) 731-4691
Nonprofit society providing public education about osteoporosis (loss of bone mass resulting in fractures) and support for those with osteoporosis. Will mail literature about the disease on request. Some resources and programs are also available in Chinese.
Box 218, Delta Main
Delta, BC V4K 3N7
Phone: (604) 940-9343 or 1-888-940-9343
Fax: (604) 940-9346
The Scleroderma Association of BC offers support groups for people with scleroderma and their families, friends and others interested in the condition. Provides pamphlets and educational material on scleroderma, Raynaud's phenomenon, Sjogren's Syndrome, and CREST Syndrome.
Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation (New York, US)
National Sjogren's Syndrome Association (Phoenix, Arizona)
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