In their open-ended answers, many participants spoke about not wanting to feel isolated or alone, and shared how they wanted to be connected to real people going through similar experiences. We linked this desire for emotional support with the idea of community. While only 10 women chose emotional support as their primary motivation for joining the group, more than three quarters of the women included at least one answer that we thought discussed community.
This article is based on a presentation I gave at the virtual American College of Rheumatology Annual meeting on November 8, 2020. This article shares some of the conclusions we've drawn from the open-ended answers of our survey.
See Part 1 of this presentation: Survey Shows Moms with Chronic Illness Need More Support From Their Doctors.
Mamas Facing Forward