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North Port Connect Group

North Port, Florida
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Live Yes! Connect Groups offer local connections, education and empowerment. Adults living with arthritis from our local community come together for professional- and volunteer-led sessions on a variety of topics, as well as fun group activities.

We offer a place of understanding and encouragement for both people living with arthritis and their loved ones. Group participants become self-advocates, develop self-management skills and learn how to not just survive life with arthritis but to thrive.

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  • Sunday December 25th 2022
    12:00 AM
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  • Sunday December 25th 2022
    12:00 AM
2022 Jingle Bell Run - North Port, FL

The Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis is among the nation's most incredible themed events. This fun and festive 5K race benefits the Arthritis Foundation's fight for the arthritis community - and helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections. Wear your favorite holiday outfit, tie jingle bells to your shoelaces and help us find a cure!

George M. Steinbrenner Field 1 Steinbrenner Drive Tampa, Florida Get Directions
  • Saturday December 31st 2022
    12:00 AM
  • through
  • Saturday December 31st 2022
    12:00 AM
2022 Jingle Bell Run - Tampa, FL

The Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis is among the nation's most incredible themed events. This fun and festive 5K race benefits the Arthritis Foundation's fight for the arthritis community - and helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections. Wear your favorite holiday outfit, tie jingle bells to your shoelaces and help us find a cure!

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Arthritis Foundation Event
North Port, Florida Get Directions
  • Sunday December 25th 2022 12:00 AM
  • through
  • Sunday December 25th 2022 12:00 AM
2022 Jingle Bell Run - North Port, FL

The Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis is among the nation's most incredible themed events. This fun and festive 5K race benefits the Arthritis Foundation's fight for the arthritis community - and helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections. Wear your favorite holiday outfit, tie jingle bells to your shoelaces and help us find a cure!

George M. Steinbrenner Field 1 Steinbrenner Drive Tampa, Florida Get Directions
  • Saturday December 31st 2022 12:00 AM
  • through
  • Saturday December 31st 2022 12:00 AM
2022 Jingle Bell Run - Tampa, FL

The Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis is among the nation's most incredible themed events. This fun and festive 5K race benefits the Arthritis Foundation's fight for the arthritis community - and helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections. Wear your favorite holiday outfit, tie jingle bells to your shoelaces and help us find a cure!

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Jarett C
Jarett C
May 20, 2021 - 11:48 PM

Just finished a zoom call for the launch of the Arthritis Foundation app "VIM". https://www.arthritis.org/vim

Or search 'VIM Arthritis' on your app store. Do check it out. Seems a lot easier to navigate with even more resources than the website, including daily pain tracker, podcasts, access to expert advice, cheer contacts on their journey to live their best lives and much more! Do add me on there and follow me, 'JarettC' 

Jarett C
Jarett C
May 20, 2021 - 10:32 PM

Just wanted to connect with people in this group. If you have any questions, concerns, or need advice on therapies, feel free to ask. I would like to host an event (meet & greet) and am open to suggestions when the best time would be and where in the North Port area is most convenient for people. Now that most places are open again we could meet at the library. I could reserve a room there to gather or we could get together at a local restaurant. Do let me know your preference. Also, feel free to invite friends and family to the group for further support in assisting them understand our struggles with Arthritis. I'm here not only as a facilitator, but as a resource of information and an individual with Ankylosing Spondylitis (very similar to RA). Do feel free to reach out to me here or other social media platforms. I'm here to assist everyone and grow the group. Hope everyone is doing well.

 

Sincerely,

Jarett Chizick M.Ed 

Michelle L
Michelle L
February 28, 2021 - 2:08 AM

Hello everyone! 
im a newbie here. I found this trouble by just googling RA symptoms and family info so my kids can better understand when mommy has flares. Right now I am having one, thanks to covid I have not been able to be put on my long term treatment plan nor take my steroids, as I have a lowered immune system anyways.I wish people truly understood my pain. I feel like my hips down are burning and frozen. Along with severe pain I can't shake. I have naproxen, gabapentin, and it doesn't touch it. It's a joke. I hate feeling this worn out and completely lately helpless. There has to be a better answer and treatment for this disease. It all. Wanted to do was sleep today and other out of bed, but I know that is impossible. I hope everyone in here is doing okay through all of this...

Jarett C
Jarett C
May 20, 2021 - 10:38 PM

Michelle, feel free to reach out to me directly. I will be happy to assist you find what works for you. It took me years letting the medical community 'experiment' with different treatment options, routines, medications, etc...

I found some good information in this book concerning this topic: https://www.amazon.com/Anyklosing-Spondylitis-Chronic-Pain-Treatments/dp/3659718122

Michelle L
Michelle L
February 28, 2021 - 2:10 AM

Sorry for the horrible typos. My phone has a mind of it's own

Richard H
Richard H
November 20, 2019 - 12:36 PM

Can anyone recommend a good caring doctor in the North Port/Venice area? My wife is 57 yo and was diagnosed with RA about 5 years ago, we moved to FL 3 years ago and she is not that happy with her Doctor.

Jarett C
Jarett C
May 20, 2021 - 10:49 PM

Richard,

Sorry for the late reply, but Sarasota Arthritis Center is a great place. I go to their office in Englewood (Englewood Arthritis Center) with Doctor Richard Yonkers. Charlotte pain management or St. Anthony's Health Care are also good resources for you. 1st Physician's Group is associated with Sarasota Memorial Health Care for primary care, in addition to referrals for imaging & specialists you may need and they have offices in venice and North Port. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact me directly. I do hope to plan an event soon for all members here to meet, discuss matters related to arthritis and see what information people would like from health care professionals to join later events. 

Michelle L
Michelle L
February 28, 2021 - 2:01 AM

I hope you were able to find a good doctor! If not I know my doctor in Sarasota is very good!

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