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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/Videoconference Support Group
7 p.m. - 8 p.m., Thursday evenings. 
To join by computer: https://join.me/coscleroderma; to join by phone (or if your computer has no audio): 302-202-5900, enter conference ID 947-770-935).

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

Meeting Schedule

February 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2019 - 4-week Stress Management Skills Training. Participants will learn how to manage stress using cognitive-behavioral strategies, relaxation and effective coping strategies. Co-facilitated by Alaina Carr, MA and Sydneyjane Roberts, MA, both Doctoral students in the University of Colorado Denver Clinical Psychology Program, under the supervision of Kristin Kilbourn, PhD, MPH. Materials will be provided at the beginning of each session.
May 9, 2019 - Presentation on When to Apply for Social Security Disability hosted by Lyndsey Ellis, Allsup. Learn more about the process of applying for Social Security disability benefits, especially the connection to your ability to work, and the requirements to reach a successful approval for benefits by the Social Security Administration. The presentation will provide an overview on working with your medical providers to assess your financial options, applying for and using Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, and the critical advantages of receiving SSDI.
August 8, 2019 - To be announced.
November 7, 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 

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

Meeting Schedule

March 16, 2019 - View and discuss a video from the 2018 National Patient Education Conference titled "Taking Care of Your Hands and Face" presented by Janet Poole, PhD, OTR/L.
May 18, 2019 - To be announced. 
July 20, 2019 - To be announced.
September 21, 2019 - Update on workshops presented at the 2019 National Patient Education Conference. 
November 16, 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

Barb Frodin

Meeting Schedule

February 9, 2019 - Mona Merrick, Board Certified Health Coach will discuss Alternative Ways to KEEP MOVING! She will introduce methods and tools to keep your body moving and develop healthy habits.
March 9, 2019 - 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.
April 13, 2019 - To be announced.
May 11, 2019 - To be announced.
June 8, 2019 - Annual picnic. Details to be announced.
July 13, 2019 - To be announced. 
August 10, 2019 - Update on the workshops presented at the 2019 National Patient Education Conference.
September 14, 2019 - To be announced.
October 12, 2019 - To be announced.
Novermber 9, 2019 - To be announced.
December 14, 2019 - Annual holiday party.


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

February 16, 2019 - A representative from Actelion Pharmaceuticals US will present on PAH. (NOTE:  THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD ON THE 3RD SATURDAY OF FEBRUARY!)  
April 27, 2019 - Amanda Mixon, PA, Arthritis & Rheumatology Clinic of Northern Colorado, will discuss symptoms and treatments for scleroderma. 
June 22, 2019 - To be announced. 
August 24, 2019 - Update on the workshops presented at the 2019 National Patient Education Conference. 
October26, 2019 - To be announced.
December 7, 2019 - Annual holiday luncheon at 11 a.m. at The Moot House, 2626 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO  80525. (NOTE: DIFFERENT DATE, TIME AND LOCATION FOR THIS EVENT!)

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: Garnet Hoover
Phone: 970-234-1142
Email: wolfing57@gmail.com 

Meeting Schedule

March 9. 2019 - To be announced.
May 11, 2019 - To be announced. 
July 13, 2019 - To be announced.
September 14, 2019 -  Update on the workshops presented at the 2019 National Patient Education Conference.
November 9, 2019 - To be announced.