The Spokane Support Group

Upcoming Meeting(s)

Saturday, October 6, 2018

10:00 am- 12:00 pm

Topic: Guest Speaker, Ron Weaver

Ron is the founder of A Way Forward, a local pain management program.

Ron Weaver has dealt with the pain of AS for over 30 years. After treatment for dependence to pain medications, he found he had nowhere else to turn for relief, so he committed to learn how to manage his pain and move forward in life without heavy use of opiates. He began a peer counseling program dedicated to helping people who share his pain management challenges, as well as helping people deal with opiate dependence. A Way Forward brings its dynamic education program to pain patients who may not know of any other way to treat their pain other than the traditional medication treatment plan of prescription medication. Ron also speaks to physicians and groups working with chronic pain patients.

Come join our group for our upcoming Support Group meeting!

Meeting Location

Spokane Manito Public Library Meeting Room (Wheelchair accessible)
3324 South Perry St.
Spokane, WA 99203

Social Media

If you are in the Spokane area please join our Spokane Spondylitis Support Group Facebook page to connect with other Spondylitis folks in the area: Spondylitis Support Spokane

Group Leaders

Group Co-Leader:
Joan Polzin
(509) 990-2218

Group Co-Leader:
Leah Nichols

About Joan Polzin and Leah Nichols, Spokane's Support Group Co-Leaders

Joan Polzin

Joan is a retired teacher in Spokane. She travels in her motorhome to state and national parks to renew with nature. Other joys are meeting new people, gardening, attending plays, creating cards, singing in her church choir, aerobics, reading, and having fun with friends and family. She is actively involved in Delta Kappa Gamma, Key Women Educators International; her church, and Friendship Force.

Leah Nichols

Diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis at age 35 after many years of back pain, joint stiffness, and fatigue, Leah Nichols has sought to relieve her symptoms through many natural modalities, with good success. Her passion for research not only fuels her personal pursuit to improve her life, but also gives her a solid platform from which she can help others. A registered nurse since 2004, Leah continues to work part time in her local hospital. She co-leads the local Spokane SAA Support Group, and participates in other community groups, while pursuing various creative hobbies in between.

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