The Orlando Support Group

Upcoming Meeting(s)

Sunday, October 7, 2018
2:00-4:00 pm



Topic: Roundtable Discussion


Meeting Location

Oviedo Florida Library
310 North Division Street
Oviedo, FL 32765

Meeting Schedule

September 2nd
October 7th

Social Media

If you are in the Florida area please join our Orlando Spondylitis Support Group Facebook page to connect with other Spondylitis folks in the area: Orlando Ankylosing Spondylitis Support Group

Group Leader

Group Co-Leader:
Chris Frisz
(407) 719-1040
orlandosaagroup@gmail.com



Group Co-Leader:
Susan Brogan
(386) 960-4190

drsuzzoo@msn.com



About Orlando's Support Group Leaders

Chris Frisz

I grew up in Orlando all of my life.  I love this city and I love waking up every day even with Ankylosing Spondylitis.  What started out as a baseball S.I. joint injury turned into a lower back injury and that would not heal no matter what I did.  Assuming something was wrong, I went to a rheumatologist and I was diagnosed less than a year ago with AS and I had a myriad of tests run on me...MRI, X-rays, Blood analysis.  They all confirmed the diagnosis.

As of Today, I exercise almost every day in one way or another, I eat clean, and I take a few supplements to help with the pain.  But I realize everyone's path and illness manifests in different ways.  That's why I'm interested in teaming up with SAA and starting up a support group so those of us battling this have a safe place to connect with others and learn what works for each of us.  Many heads can be better than one.

In my personal life, I am a voracious reader, I enjoy writing, working out, watching sports, developing websites, and I love learning current health sciences.

Susan Brogan

Susan Brogan is a mostly retired Clinical Psychologist who was diagnosed with AS in 2000.  A host of related autoimmune diagnoses have followed, and Dr. Brogan has spent years reading up on and studying AS and the many related conditions that can accompany a spondyloarthritic condition.

As an AS Warrior, I am very interested in sharing knowledge with others and learning all I can from our shared experiences.  I believe we can all encourage each other in our daily battles with these diseases.  Through the years since my diagnosis, I have tried several different approaches to treatment and I am always willing to help others learn to listen to their bodies so they can develop individualized treatment plans with their own medical care teams.

Susan Brogan is married and lives in the central Florida area.  Two of her three grown daughters are also symptomatic and she is very interested in spreading awareness and encouraging advocacy for fellow AS Warriors.

Want to Start a New Support Group?

We’d love to have you join our team of passionate volunteers leading our spondylitis educational support groups! Learn more about how to get started here, and reach out to programs@spondylitis.org

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