Our increased virtual environment has allowed for connectivity that surpasses geographic location. In addition to our traditional KIT support groups, TMA is supporting meeting circles with outreach efforts targeted toward supporting and extending our organization’s reach into new communities.

The term affinity group is used as a bringing together of people who have commonality. Affinity groups are for individuals who identify as members of the group and can speak to the experience of being a part of the group from an “I” perspective.

We invite you to learn more about TMA’s Affinity Groups!

Adelante! is TMA’s first affinity group in a language other than English! Adelante is Spanish for “moving forward”, as so many myositis patients and care partners continue to do despite chronic illness. Spanish-speakers from all over the world meet on the fourth Saturday of every month.

The TMA Caregiver affinity group is designed to support caregivers and care partners of patients with myositis. This is a safe space to address issues specific to the role of caregiving. The group meets on the third Saturday of every month.

Flying Solo is a TMA affinity group designed to support patients living alone. If you are managing your myositis without the help of a care partner, please feel free to join this group to expand your support network. All are welcome! The group meets on the first Wednesday of every month.

The TMA affinity group Men Managing Myositis is a place for men with any form of myositis to gain support from one another and discuss issues particular to their group. All are welcome and the group meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month.

TMA is excited to announce LGBTQIA+ programming in the form of TMA affinity group Rainbow Warriors! This group will begin meeting in June 2022 to commemorate Pride Month. More information to come!

The TMA Veteran’s affinity group hosts patients and caregivers who have prior military service. This group will provide a comfort zone for Veterans to discuss issues specific to their community and increase camaraderie by offering Veterans opportunities to network with each other. It will also support community involvement efforts with Veteran organizations.

Organized in 2019, Women of Color (WOC) is a TMA support and advocacy group that promotes awareness through the 3E’s: Encouragement, Education, and Empowerment. They educate women and communities of color about the different forms of myositis and discuss issues specific to this population. Through workshops and support meetings, WOC will be empowered to go into their communities and bring awareness about myositis.

The mission of TMA’s Women with IBM affinity group is to improve the lives of women with Inclusion Body Myositis through virtual connections and support that transcends geography. The group meets on the third Tuesday of every month.

All are welcome to participate in any of our affinity groups. If you have interest in joining and contributing to one of our existing affinity groups or an interest in consideration to start and facilitate a new one, please reach out to us at tma@myositis.org