Meet Pattye Snyder, HealthCentral's Osteoarthritis Patient Expert

Pattye will contribute her insights and opinions about living with osteoarthritis in a regularly updated blog.

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My name is Pattye Snyder. I was born 6/7/43 in Wichita, Kansas. I have been divorced a little over 30 years and raised 3 children as a single parent(and luckily have six grandkids at this point). I have a B.A. in elementary education and speech pathology from Wichita State University (grad. 1964) and a M.A. in Learning Disabilities from Bradley Univ in Peoria, IL (1982). I have taught in a variety of classes--everything from Ecology for the highly gifted child to undergraduate classes in special ed. areas, and was able to take early retirement 8 years ago at the age of 55. I've always loved the outdoors and am a self-taught nature photographer. In fact, I finally started my free-lance co., PATTYEGRAF CONCEPTS after retirement. Because of this, I have been fortunate enough to travel to 5 continents and 25 countries so far. I am becoming more and more adventurous in spite of the challenges presented by osteoarthritis. Because of my love for the outdoors I eventually also started a small landscape company called THOROUGHLY ROOTED. We design, implement, and maintain affordable gardens for customers.

I've always been active in individual sports and was afraid that my diagnosis would prevent any further activities; however, I've discovered that activites such as swimming and hiking are actually good for me.

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