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, please contact the support group leader or chapter office.
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.
We are planning for our 2016 support group meetings. As we get speakers and agendas scheduled we will add them below. If you have suggestions for topics or speakers, please contact the support group leader in your area.
Southern Colorado Support Group
11 a.m. – 1 p.m., 3rd Saturday of odd months.
Penrose Cancer Center, Room CC-A, 2222 N. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80907.
Contact: Cyndy Besselievre
January 16, 2016 - Dawn Franz, a nutritionist at Natural Grocers, will lead a discussion on probiotics.
March 19, 2016 - Dr. Paul Menard-Katcher, Gastroenterologist at University of Colorado Hospital, will present on GI Manifestations in Scleroderma.
May 21, 2016 - Dr. Allison Nicklin, PT, will present on the benefits of physical therapy.
July 16, 2016 - A presentation on the psychological challenges of scleroderma. (Speaker to be announced.)
September 17, 2016 - Update from workshops presented at the 2016 National Patient Education Conference.
November 19, 2016 - Holiday party. (Location to be announced.)
Mile High Support Group
11 a.m. – 1 p.m., 2nd Saturday of the month.
Arthritis Foundation, 2280 S. Albion Street, Denver, Colorado, 80222. See directions.
Contact: Sandee Maas
January 9, 2016 - View and discuss a video from the 2015 National Patient Education Conference titled "The Scleroderma Hands and Their Care" but Francesco Boin, MD.
February 13, 2016 - MELT Method presentation by certified instructor Juan Flores. Click here for more information.
March 12, 2016 - Mona Rodriguez Merrick, a certified Holistic Health Coach and Pilates Instructor will present on "Empowerment Through Small Changes" - how to make healthy changes that are as unique as you are.
April 9, 2016 - Presentation on disability benefits.
May 14, 2016 - To be announced.
June 11, 2016 - Pre-Walk rally and picnic in the park (Location to be announced.)
July 9, 2016 - Dr. Thomas Hecker, Podiatrist, will discuss foot issues related to scleroderma.
August 13, 2016 - Update from workshops presented at the 2016 National Patient Education Conference.
September 10, 2016 - To be announced.
October 8, 2016 - To be announced.
November 12, 2016 - To be announced.
December 10, 2016 - Holiday party!
Northern Colorado Support Group
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 4th Saturday of even months.
Medical Center of the Rockies, Mt. Meeker and Arapahoe Peaks Rooms (lower level), 2500 Rocky Mountain Ave., Loveland, CO 80538
Contact: Judy Laible
February 27, 2016 - Patricia Kuyper, an Occupational Therapist at UCHealth, will discuss the benefits of occupational therapy for scleroderma.
April 23, 2016 - Leeann Rogowski, a Physical Therapist at Orthopedic and Spine Center of the Rockies, will present on hand therapy for scleroderma.
June 25, 2016 - To be announced.
August 27, 2016 - Update from workshops presented at the 2016 National Patient Education Conference.
October 22, 2016 - Deanna O'Connell, Registered Dietitian, Community Health Educator, will discuss diet and scleroderma.
December, 2016 - Holiday luncheon and party. (Date and location to be announced.)
Western Slope Support Group
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 2nd Saturday of odd months.
Community Hospital, Lower Level - Rooms 1 & 2, 2021 N. 12th St., Grand Junction, CO 81501 (NOTE: New location for 2016 meetings.)
Contact: Garnet Hoover
January 9, 2016 - Dr. Jessica Mears, Rheumatologist at the Arthritis Center of Western Colorado, will present on the Spectrum of Scleroderma - An Overview of the Aspects of the Disease. Click here for more information.
March 12, 2016 - To be announced.
May 14, 2016 - To be announced.
July 9, 2016 - To be announced.
September 10, 2016 - Update from workshops presented at the 2016 National Patient Education Conference.
November 12, 2016 - Holiday party!