The Janet S. Austin Chronic Disease Foundation

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Needs Statement and Description
Millions of Americans live in a world of pain — isolated, feeling powerless and looking for support. Each and every day, they face life challenges from complex chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma, multiple sclerosis, and juvenile rheumatic diseases. Accomplishing activities of simple daily living are of paramount concern and can often feel like insurmountable tasks.

The Janet S. Austin Chronic Disease Foundation serves those in pain from chronic disease, providing comfort, hope and joy. Our purpose is to provide resources and support to enhance patients’ functional, physical, relational, and spiritual capabilities, helping to set them on a path to a richer, more fulfilling, life. Our ultimate goal is to reduce the burden of isolation by increasing the opportunities for support.

Research shows that improving social support and promoting health self-management can improve elements of health status while reducing health care costs in patients with chronic disease which results in decreased pain and depression. The Foundation provides a sense of belonging through web and social media connections that can begin to reduce feelings of isolation while offering hope. This support will include opportunities to develop coping tools, improve feelings of self-worth, and empower individuals to begin to take control of their lives. Resources will be provided to lessen the impact of chronic diseases in every aspect of of a person’s life.

The Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life of those facing life-long challenges from complex chronic diseases by providing resources and support.


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