The Elmira Support Group

Upcoming Meeting(s)

April meeting has been rescheduled.

New Meeting Date:
Thursday, May 9, 2019
5:00 pm-6:00pm

Guest Speaker: Beth Dollinger, M.D.

Please RSVP for this event to leader Penny at

Beth Dollinger, M.D.
Director, Health Meets Food at Arnot Health Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Orthopedic Surgeon, Arnot Health

She will be speaking on "The Impact of Diet on Arthritis - How to Eat Your Way Healthy "

We will be making foods specific to her talk on diet and arthritis (we will meet the hour before and prepare the food) and she will have a presentation. She will also be bringing books for those interested to purchase.

Meeting Location

Southern Tier Church of Christ
351 E. Thurston St.
Elmira, NY 14901


Group Leader

Penny Stoner
(607) 426-1632

About Penny Stoner, Elmira Support Group Leader

I live in upstate New York. I am a teaching assistant in public education who loves working with young children. I am married and have five grown children who are married. I enjoy biking, traveling, reading, quilting and spending time with all or any of my five grandchildren. I am also active in my church teaching Sunday school and helping with a financial peace class that helps people get out of debt.

Ankylosing Spondylitis became part of my life in 2005 when my 17 year old was diagnosed. It came as a total surprise and took a while to diagnose. I had never heard of this inflammatory disease before that but it has become a part of my daily life. I was diagnosed eight years later in 2013. It was a very frustrating time for me as several doctors tried to figure out what was wrong. I actually could not walk for a couple of months during that time. I am happy to say that with the correct treatment I am doing much better! I take it one day at a time and try to not to take things for granted – flare ups can come at the most inopportune time. It is my hope that this support group will provide valuable resources (which I continue to learn about) and encouragement to help anyone who is living with this inflammatory disease.

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