I just graduated from training to be a volunteer for IAAM. What? You have never heard of them? Well let me share some of the things I know with you, and why I joined.
IAAM is short for International Autoimmune Arthritis Movement. First of all, the name is cool! A movement, that has to be a good thing right!
The organization is run online 24/7 by volunteers from our computers, we all have Autoimmune Arthritis. Here is another cool fact, it was started in the founder's living room! She couldn't find the answers or support she needed after her diagnosis, so she created her own organization.
Why did I choose to volunteer with IAAM? The first reason was to raise awareness, I read Tiffany's Story, Tiffany Westrich is the founder of IAAM. I related to her story and after reading more information on the website and emailing Tiffany I signed up. This organization feels like a family, we all have a chronic illness and are working together for the same cause. Another reason, we work from our computers, that makes it so much easier! I am so thankful that I did, in the short time I have been a part of this organization I have seen wonderful things. I feel like my illness is not taking over me, I am taking over my illness.
We work with organizations from all over the world, in fact on May 20th we are hosting World Autoimmune Arthritis Day. What's that you ask? it's an online virtual event spanning 47 hours. When you login you will see doctors, patients, experts of all kinds that you can chat live with, there will be presentations and resources to help you find support. You can take a survey, there will be all kinds of fun ways to participate, via the official WAAD page, Facebook or Twitter. I hope you check it out!
If you are reading this and are interested in blogging about it, participating as a nonprofit, speaker, or vendor please contact info@IAAMovement.org