Disease Specific Support Groups
The Arthritis Society Social Crew
Tel: 604.714.5562 or Toll Free 1.866.414.7766 Ext. 562
c/o The Arthritis Society BC and Yukon Division.
The Arthritis Social Crew is a casual, fun group that meets monthly in the Greater Vancouver area.We have geared this group towards young adults between 18 and 30ish who deal with the daily effects of the many forms of arthritis, lupus or fibromyalgia. We would be happy to hear from other young adults that are not in the Greater Vancouver area to discuss and support each other with our arthritis issues.
BC Chapter of Canadian Spondylitis Association
1704 – 1616 Pendrell Street, Vancouver, BC V6G 1S8
Contact: Don Bindon or Aimee Bindon
Self-help group for patients and interested health professionals. Encourages public and professional awareness of ankylosing spondylitis; encourages world-wide communications with other spondylitis groups; and offers mutual support and patient education. Publishes a quarterly newsletter and holds information meetings: Call for details.
BC Lupus Society
210 - 888 W 8th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Z 3Y1
Tel: 604.714.5564 or Toll Free: 1.866.585.8787
The BC Lupus Society
hosts education and support groups for lupus patients and their families. An extensive volunteer network of more than 50 contacts and support groups links the society to thousands of people affected by lupus. Literature is available in Chinese, French, and Spanish. Publishes a quarterly newsletter. Annual membership is $20.
Felty's syndrome occurs in 1% or less of patients with rheumatoid arthritis. The spleen is enlarged, the white blood cell count is below normal and there is increased susceptibility to infection. To speak with others who have this condition, please call the Arthritis Answers Line at 1.800.321.1433
MEFM Societies of BC
Box 462, 916 West Broadway Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1K7
Tel: (604) 878.7707 or Toll-Free 1.888.353.6322
The MEFM Society of BC was formed in 2004 following the amalgamation of the Fibromyalgia Society of BC and the ME Society of BC. Weare a not for profit organization that was formed to help and support people, and their families, living with the health conditions Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), and/or Fibromyalgia (FM).
Osteoporosis Society of Canada - BC Branch
Osteoporosis Canada, a registered charity, is the only national organization serving people who have, or are at risk for, osteoporosis. The organization works to educate, empower and support individuals and communities in the risk-reduction and treatment of osteoporosis. To find a branch location in your are click here.
Scleroderma Association of British Columbia
PO Box 16155 Lynn Valley, North Vancouver, BC V7J 3H2
Tel: 604.940.9343 or Toll Free 1.888.940.9343
The Scleroderma Association of BC offers support groups for people with scleroderma and their families, friends and others interested in the condition. Provides pamphlets and educational material on scleroderma, Raynaud's phenomenon, Sjogren's Syndrome, and CREST Syndrome.
Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation
Founded in 1983 the Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation
provides patients with practical information and coping strategies that minimize the effects of Sjögren's. In addition, the Foundation is the clearinghouse for medical information and is the recognized national advocate for Sjögren's.