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Colorado Support Groups

Support Groups provide a forum to share feelings, concerns, information, and as well as a place to offer peer support and encouragement. Solicitations or research projects are not conducted at support group meetings.

Support groups often feature speakers specializing in scleroderma or related topics. To find out information about upcoming speakers or meeting topics, or to suggest topics or speakers of interest to you, please contact the support group leader in your area below or the chapter office at cochapter@scleroderma.org or 303-806-6686.

This schedule is subject to change. Before attending a group for the first time, please call to verify date and time. Groups are free of charge and open to everyone.


"Virtual" Support Group

Teleconference Support Group
7 p.m. - 8 p.m., Thursday evenings. 
Call 712-775-7031, enter access code 781-611-035# when prompted to join the call.

Contact:  Cyndy Besselievre
Phone:  303-806-6686
Email:  cochapter@scleroderma.org 

Meeting Schedule

November 8, 2018 - Dr. Paul Menard-Katcher, Gastroenterologist at UCHealth, will host a Q&A on GI issues and scleroderma.
February 7, 2019 - To be announced.
May 9, 2019 - To be announced. 
August 8, 2019 - To be announced.


Colorado Springs
Southern Colorado Support Group
11 a.m. – 1 p.m., 3rd Saturday of odd months
Penrose Cancer Center, Room CC-C, 2222 N. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80907  (NOTE: NEW ROOM LOCATION FOR 2018!)

Contact: Cyndy Besselievre
Phone: 303-806-6686
Email: cochapter@scleroderma.org

Meeting Schedule

November 17, 2018 - Holiday luncheon and party at Edelweiss Restaurant, 34 E. Ramona Ave., Colorado Springs, CO  80905. (NOTE:  DIFFERENT LOCATION FOR THIS EVENT.)
January 19, 2019 - To be announced. 
March 16, 2019 - To be announced. 
May 18, 2019 - To be announced. 
July 20, 2019 - To be announced.
September 21, 2019 - To be announced.

Mile High Support Group
11 a.m. – 1 p.m., 2nd Saturday of the month.
Arthritis Foundation, 2280 S. Albion St., Denver, CO 80222

Contact: Sandee Maas
Phone: 720-272-7786
Email: sandeejo@gmail.com

Ali Davidson
Phone: 303-242-0616
Email: aliwishous3@yahoo.com

Lloyd Jones
Phone: 720-363-5397
Email: lannjones@gmail.com 

Meeting Schedule

October 13, 2018 - Taking Charge of Systemic Sclerosis-an Internet Self Management Program - review of this web based self-management program that was designed to help you learn about scleroderma, manage your symptoms and learn strategies to help you advocate for yourself. 
November 10, 2018 - Sara Palecki, a certified yoga instructor, will present on Yoga Nidra - a sleep based meditation that allows you to go beyond the boundaries of body and mind into a sacred space for healing.
December 8, 2018 - Holiday party! 
January 12, 2019 - To be announced.
February 9, 2019 - Sarah Funk, RD, CNSC, Clinical Dietitian Specialist at UCHealth, will discuss diet and scleroderma. 
March 9, 2019 - To be announced.
April 13, 2019 - To be announced.
May 11, 2019 - To be announced.
June 8, 2019 - To be announced.
July 13, 2019 - To be announced. 
August 10, 2019 - To be announced.
September 14, 2019 - To be announced.


Northern Colorado Support Group
10 a.m. – 12 p.m., 4th Saturday of even months
Medical Center of the Rockies, 2500 Rocky Mountain Ave., Arapahoe Peaks and Mount Meeker rooms (lower level) Loveland, CO 80538. 

Contact: Judy Laible
Phone: 970-622-9498
Email: jlaible@frii.com

Barb Kinneer
Phone:  970-817-4386
Email: kinneer.barbara@gmail.com 

Meeting Schedule

October 27,2018 - Patti Welfare, MA, Community Health Specialist, Aspen Club, will present on stress and the brain and how things like meditation can help relieve stress and keep the brain functioning better.
December 2018 - Holiday luncheon at 11 a.m. at The Moot House, 2626 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO  80525.  (NOTE:  DIFFERENT TIME AND LOCATION FOR THIS EVENT!)
February 16, 2019 - A representative from Actelion Pharmaceuticals US will present on PAH (tentative). (NOTE:  THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD ON THE 3RD SATURDAY OF FEBRUARY!)  
April 27, 2019 - To be announced. 
June 22, 2019 - To be announced. 
August 24, 2019 - To be announced.

Grand Junction
Western Slope Support Group
11 a.m. – 1 p.m., 2nd Saturday of odd months.
Community Hospital, Legacy Room 1, 2351 G Road, Grand Junction, CO 81505 

Contact: Suzanne Hope
Phone: 970-326-7723
Email: reikihopes@yahoo.com  

Meeting Schedule

November 10, 2018 - Holiday party and update on the workshops presented at the 2018 National Patient Education Conference.
January 12, 2019 - To be announced.
March 9. 2019 - To be announced.
May 11, 2019 - To be announced. 
July 13, 2019 - To be announced.
September 14, 2019 - To be announced.