Autoimmune Disease Support Group

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Meeting Minutes September, 2017

Saturday September 9, 2017 2pm - 3:30pm

In Attendance:






Alma - Guest Speaker

Donations Collected:  $6

Monthly Cost of Operation $100


Welcome new member Cyndi!

Guest Speaker - Alma James from Elliot's Flowers in Morristown 973-539-1500

1                 Ground rules of group were gone over

2                 Ice Breaker - "Tell us something about yourself that we wouldn't already know"

         a.      One member was a football player

         b.      One member was a nurse

         c.      One member was MVP baseball

         d.      One member owns a flower shop

3                 Discussion of the differences between Rheumatoid and Osteo arthritis.  Commonly used interchangeably but not correct for a good definition and comparrison chart, check out:

4                 A Rheumatoid article was shared stating that RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) is now being called RD Rheumatoid Disease.  The Rheumatoid Patient Foundation discusses why we are still using the RA lable at this point in time:  

5                 There is a Lupus Comedy Show in Hillsborough this month.  It is a fundraiser!  If anyone would like to attend, a group will be forming to attend together as a group!  Please RSVP if interested FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 29th, 2017 7pm - 10pm Doors open at 6:30 pm at the Hillsborough Municipal Building in the rear multipurpose room, 379 South Branch Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844 COST:  $30 in advance or $40 at the door.  Purchase tickets now at

6                 Alma discusses flower therapy, flowers can help feelings, some of the palettes discussed were:

        a.      Romantic

        b.      Whimsical

        c.      Sensuous

        d.      Nurturing

        e.      Tranquil

7                 The colors work with Chakra's. (Handout with the 7 Chakra's.)  Here is a link to learn a little about chakra's:

Immune system can be helped with colors through stress reduction.  Doreen Virtue (check out Doreens books here:

and Robert Reeves books that may be of interest.  See her book (yes her!) at this link:

Book Colors for Every Mood by Leatrice Eiseman check out her website here at:

8                 Colors can bring up your energy, emotions, invigorate.

9                 Other areas Alma can cover are Aroma therapy, silk flowers, Reiki

10              Quick description was given about "What Is Reiki?"

11              Alma also does Reiki.  Robbin (Our Guest Speaker Liason) will be discussing a future booking with Alma to come back to group to discuss Reiki!

12               TRI-STATE AUTOIMMUNE WALK was held on 9/10.  Here is the website to check it out!  IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO DONATE! 

Next Group Meeting October 14th, 2017 2pm - 3:30pm

Guest Speaker Pet Therapy!  Bring in the dogs!!!  (OK, one dog!) Come discover what benefits a therapy dog can provide as well as what it takes to be certified as a therapy dog!