We are a community for people who suffer from a range of chronic illnesses, visible or invisible. It is a safe space to socialize, form connections and community. Our members are young adults (approximately 20-40) with chronic illness, pain and disability. If you fall a bit on either side of the range and want to participate - great! Yes there is a community of people like us, you are not alone!
Able-bodied friends and family often lack an understanding of what it is like to live with chronic and poorly recognized illnesses. While peers are tackling their educational goals, starting families, and advancing their careers and finances, we are often navigating doctors’ appointments, dietary restrictions, energy pacing, chronic pain, and medication schedules. This is a different set of issues than what adults over 50 navigate (hence the age restriction on the group).
There is nothing pretentious about this MeetUp. Show up in your pajamas or lie down on the couch - we get it. The group is for members, run and funded by members of the group. We make no profit and only cover our operating costs. Topics range from heavy and serious to light and fun. We incorporate both in-person and virtual meetings.
Members living outside of CO are welcome to join our zoom meetings.
Rules and policies:
-Ages 20(ish) to (40ish)
-We are a neutral group - no affiliations other than chronic illness is pertinent. Please be respectful towards others and their views
-No hate or discriminatory speech allowed. Politics and religion can be divisive; if conversations get out of hand it will be stopped.
-Please keep other group members’ information confidential (diagnoses, other personal details)
-This is not a dating site / group. No inappropriate comments, unwanted communication, attempted hookups
-Anything perceived as inappropriate can be brought to an organizer’s attention
-This is not therapy or replacement for professional therapy; we are not professionals
-Any medical information shared during discussion should be verified with your medical provider. We share from our own experience; we are not professionals.
-Abuse of member list is grounds for expulsion (no advertising or sales)
-Please respect others by not attending MeetUps while sick
-Actively participating members that “age out” of the group can stay in if desired
CFS, Lyme, Mold, CIRS, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, MECFS, Autoimmune Disease, Mast Cell Disorders, MCAS, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, MCS, Multiple Sclerosis, CIDP, Chronic Headache, Migraine, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Back Pain, Chronic Pain, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, EDS, RA, JRA, TBI, PCOS, Endometriosis, Interstitial cystitis, POTS, Dysautonomia, Cancer, Hashimoto's, Graves', Lupus, Celiac Disease, Crohn's Disease, Colitis, IBS, IBD, Depression, Anxiety, Disabled from unknown illness, Genetic Disorders, Environmentally Acquired Illness, and any other related syndromes and illnesses.