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Wellness Hour on Friendship: The Elixir of Life

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May 8, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Wellness Hour

5:00 pm ET | 4:00 pm CT | 3:00 pm MT | 2:00 pm PT

In the last few months, a raft of articles have been published on the topic of friendship. Some were about research on the topic, some were about new books that have just come out, and some were just reflections on the subject. But they all contained insights that were surprising, and interesting as well as concerning.

The problem of loneliness and managing friendships is not just something experienced by people with disabilities (although our physical challenges can make it worse); it is something going on in the larger society of which we are a part. And recognizing that fact, can help those of us with differing abilities better appreciate that it is not just about us, and give us the courage to do something about it.

This month’s Wellness Hour will focus on Friendship. Gregg Lichtenstein, one of our volunteers, will take a few minutes at the top of the hour to summarize these various articles and their insights. We will then go into breakout groups to discuss our own experiences, challenges, and what we can take away that will help our lives. Finally, we will bring the breakout groups together to share our most unusual learnings.

If possible, we suggest that you read this wonderful short article that recently appeared in the New York Times, entitled “Can we put an end to America’s most dangerous myth? (download as pdf). It’s about a 3 minute read, and very worthwhile.

Here are Questions for Breakout Groups, which you can review ahead of time if you wish.

Looking forward to engaging with all of you!

The Wellness Hour is open to everyone in the FSHD community. This is your time to enjoy the company of fellow FSHers, share challenges, talk about what works for you, and feel validated and supported in whatever you may be going through.

We will open the Zoom room a half hour early (4:30 pm ET) so members can enjoy an open forum to discuss whatever is on their minds. Rick Whitehead will be on hand to welcome you in. Wellness Hour has become such a popular destination and we never have enough time for everyone to share what’s on their minds, so we thought we’d try this approach.

Our monthly Zoom meeting on Wellness is held on the second Monday of each month at 5:00-6:00 pm ET. Each month, we’ll have a conversation starter topic, but this is an informal gathering and if the discussion veers off in other directions, that’s OK! We hope you’ll drop by to enjoy the company of some of the wonderful people in our community.

If you are interested, please register by clicking on the link below. You only need to register once for the monthly series. You’ll receive notifications from Zoom with the meeting information.

Do you need tips on using Zoom features? Here’s a video that explains many basic features.


May 8, 2023
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Zoom Virtual Meeting
United States