Pronounced "I Am", as in "I am an advocate for those affected by primary joint diseases with an autoimmune component."
The Global Network
IAAM has positioned ourselves to act as a bridge between all organizations and groups who advocate for these diseases. Our philosophy is there are power in numbers as well as there is power to the patient and their health if they are aware of all great resources available to them. Therefore, IAAM aims to connect the world of Autoimmune Arthritis by supporting and promoting the mission and goals of other nonprofits around the globe, as well as to connect patients with groups and people who can better their journey with these diseases.
IAAM has established World Autoimmune Arthritis Day, which will occur annually every May 20th during all time zones around the globe. This 47 event is in the form of an online Virtual Convention where patients, supporters and peers, the medical community and other nonprofits can 'meet' for presentations, to socialize in a Virtual Cafe, participate in live Chat Sessions and download important resources about managing their disease. To learn more about WAAD please visit the WAAD page HERE or go to www.WorldAutoimmuneArthritisDay.org .
COMING IN 2014... IAAM "City Teams"
Logo above is an example. City locations are to be determined based on Volunteer residences.
Since IAAM is 100% run by those affected by the diseases, our organization has no physical offices. We call this system "Virtual Officing" or a "Networked Nonprofit". Staying with this non-traditional format, our community "chapters" will be set up as what we are calling "City Teams". Why? Because we act as a team that is passionate and who actively participates in making change happen.
These Teams will be run by Official IAAM Volunteers only, who will serve as Team Leaders. These individuals will be trained in all facets of IAAM, our policies, our programs, and our professional goals. Then these Team Leaders will take our mission to the streets of potentially YOUR city where we will extend our online programs and expand them to reach thousands. Whether it's public education or hospital visits, our teams will make a difference in awareness and education.
Are you interested in learning more about IAAM City Teams and possibly becoming a Team Leader? Email Tiffany@IAAMovement.org and put "City Teams" in the Subject Line.
Blog Leaders are advocates of the cause who contribute to the Autoimmune Arthritis community through discussions on public networking sites. While their blogs remain their individual works, our Blog Leaders support IAAM & our mission. We encourage all those affected by Autoimmune Arthritis to learn more about your disease and meet others who are sharing in your experiences. Blogs are a wonderful way to achieve this. Please take a moment to read what others are blogging about!
I Already Gave My Right Arm To Be Ambidextrous! I had my left hip replaced in 2003, and then I had my right shoulder replaced in March of 2010. I literally gave my right arm to be ambidextrous. http://gavertarm2bambidextrous.blogspot.com/
All Flared Up: An Arthritis Blog: Living Rather Than Wallowing. http://allflaredup.wordpress.com/ (written by one of our
Treatment Diaries Blog: Genuine Support You Can Feel www.treatmentdiariesblog.com/
itis: 8 is a mathematical symbol meaning infinity, and -itis is a suffix meaning inflammation. Also known as Warm Socks. http://warmsocks.wordpress.com/
Little Miss Autoimmune: A new blog raising awareness for autoimmune diseases, including Psoriatic Arthritis. http://www.littlemissautoimmune.blogspot.com/
RheumaBlog: A Writer, editor, journalist, mom, wife, cat and dog friend and RA sufferer for more than 20 years. http://rheumablog.wordpress.com/
Pollyanna Penguin's RA Blog: Keeping a positive attitude in the face of RA. http://pollyannapenguin.wordpress.com/
Lifestyles of the Ill and (Mostly) Blameless http://lifestylesoftheill.wordpress.com/
My Body Is Losing Its Mind http://bodylosingmind.wordpress.com/
Life Autoimmune: A family of four living with autoimmune diseases (Lupus and JRA) .http://www.lifeautoimmune.com/
Autoimmune Groupies: A sometimes comical look at the Groupies trials andturbulations .http://autoimmunegroupies.blogspot.com
From This Point Forward: I have RA but it doesn't have me. http://fromthispoint-forward.blogspot.com.
Emily's Arthritis Fight: My 9yr old is an old lady that turns purple (and other fun stuff) .http://emilysarthritisfight.blogspot.com
Delightfully Decorative: Sometimes you don't do much living at all, it's more like existing. No one requires me to do heavy lifting, I'm strictly ornamental from time to time, but if it has to be that way....at least I'll be delightfully decorative...til I'm in remission that is. http://delightfully-decorative
Melissa Has RA: I knit. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. Occasionally I write things down. www.melissahasra.com
Chronic Curve: Chronic Curve serves to help other young adults live the best possible life they with a debilitating disease, with resources to help others find their voice and become an empowered patient advocate. http://chroniccurve.blogspot.com/
Inspired by AS: Yes - I said it. Ankylosing Spondylitis, along with other events corresponding with my diagnosis, have inspired me in many ways. I hope to provide a different take on living with this progressive inflammatory disease. The goal is to promote looking at the prognosis as a wake-up call rather than a life-without-parole sentence, offer encouragement, and hopefully sprinkles of humor here and there. http://www.inspiredbyas.com/
Chronic Adventures: www.chronic-adventures.com
Helgi Olafson: Road to IRONMAN: http://helgiolafson.blogspot.com
Float Like A Buttahfly: http://floatlikeabuttahfly.blogspot.com
Muscles and RA: http://musclesandra.blogspot.com
Erica's Life Struggles & Successes: http://estrugglesandsuccesses.blogspot.com
Autoimmune Groupies: http://autoimmunegroupies.blogspot.com
AIM-UP! Autoimmune Meet Up Blog - there are four of us writing this blog so check us out. Join us! Don't go it alone aim-up! http://
Team Ava Ava is my daughter and living with Polyarticular Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. I hope you enjoy our blog and find it helpful and supportive to other parents and children going through the same ordeal.