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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, 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.

If there are speakers or topics of interest to you, please let us know and we will work on getting them scheduled.

Colorado Springs
Southern Colorado Support Group
11 a.m. – 1 p.m., 3rd Saturday of the month.
Penrose Cancer Center, Room CC-A, 2222 N. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs, CO  80907.  (NOTE:  This is a new location starting with the May 2014 meeting.)

Contact: Linda Conopask
Phone: 719-495-3407

2014 Meeting Schedule 

July 19 - Juan Manuel Flores, a certified MELT instructor, will present on M.E.L.T. Method self-treatment techniques used for healing injuries and relieving pain.
August 16 - Update on National Patient Education Conference workshops by this year's Chapter attendees.
September 20 - Dr. Kristin Kilbourn, Psychologist, will discuss the psychological and emotional aspects of living with a chronic illness.
October 18 - To be announced.
November 22 - To be announced.
December 20 - 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
Phone: 720-272-7786

2014 Meeting Schedule

June 14 - "Goody bag" stuffing party in preparation of our 10th anniversary Stepping Out Walk on June 21.
July 12 - Robin Hohsfield, RN, will discuss "Insights on Clinical Trials and PAH".  Presented by Gilead.
August 9 - Update on the National Patient Education Conference workshops by this year's Chapter attendees.
September 13 - Maria Theresa Lopez, Law Offices of Maria Theresa B. Lopez, will present on estate planning and end of life issues.
October 11 - Open discussion - get to know your fellow group members better.
November 8 - To be announced.
December 13 - Holiday party. 


Northern Colorado Support Group
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 4th Saturday of even months.
Medical Center of the Rockies, Poudre Canyon Room, 2500 Rocky Mountain Ave., Loveland, CO  80538 (NOTE:  This is a new location starting with the April 2014 meeting.) 

Contact: Judy Laible
Phone: 970-622-9498

Dick Nelson
Phone:  970-218-6211

2014 Meeting Schedule

June 28 - View and discuss a video from the 2013 National Patient Education Conference workshop titled "Muscle, Joint & Nerve Pain in Scleroderma Patients" presented by Dr. Thomas Medsger.
August 23 - Update on the National Patient Education Conference workshops by this year's Chapter attendees.
October 25 - Jackie Adolph, a certified biofeedback specialist and neurotheraptist, will present on biofeedback techniques used to reduce stress and pain.
December 6 - Holiday luncheon at The Moot House, 2626 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO  80525 at 11:00 am!  (Note the special date, time and location for this meeting.)  


Grand Junction
Western Slope Support Group
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., 2nd Saturday of odd months.
Alpine Bank (Conference Room-2nd Fl), 225 N. 5th St., Grand Junction, CO  81501

Contact: Garnet Hoover
Phone: 970-234-1142

2014 Meeting Schedule

July 12 - Sandee Maas will present on her journey with scleroderma including renal failure and a kidney transplant.
September 13 - Kevin Fischer, Cardiopulmonary Physician Assistant with Philips Healthcare, will present on heart and lung involvement in scleroderma.
November 8 - Pre-holiday party and update on the National Patient Education Conference workshops by this year's Chapter attendees.