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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.

We are working on scheduling the speakers for our 2015 meetings.  If there are speakers or topics of interest to you, please let us know.

Colorado Springs
Southern Colorado Support Group
11 a.m. – 1 p.m., 3rd Saturday of the month (meetings will be held only in odd numbered months starting in January 2015).
Penrose Cancer Center, Room CC-A, 2222 N. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs, CO  80907.  

Contact: Cyndy Besselievre
Phone: 303-806-6686

Meeting Schedule

November 15 - View and discuss a video of Dr. Carol Feghali-Bostwick's opening keynote presentation on her research from the 2014 National Patient Education Conference.
December 6 - Holiday luncheon starting at 11:30 am at the Edelweiss Restaurant, 34 E. Ramona Ave., Colorado Springs, CO  80905.  (NOTE:  Special date, time and location for the holiday luncheon. No meeting will be held on December 20.)
January 17, 2015 - Vicki Emch, a Clinical Dietitian, will discuss diet and scleroderma.
March 21, 2015 - 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

Meeting Schedule

November 8 - View and discuss a video of Dr. Carol Feghali-Bostwick's opening keynote presentation on her research from the 2014 National Patient Education Conference.
December 13 - Ugly Holiday Sweater Party - join in on the fun!  Click here to learn more.
January 10, 2015 - NEW AGENDA - Julie Olson, Nutritional Health Coach at Natural Grocers, will present on "How Your Body Works (or Doesn't), Why Take That" - a discussion on knowing how nutrients work with your body making it easier to understand which supplements to take and why.
February 14, 2015 - A demonstration in tai chi (Part 1) by Maria T. Lopez.
March 14, 2015 - Demonstrations in tai chi (Part 2) by Maria T. Lopez and M.E.L.T. by Juan Flores, Certified Instructor. 


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  

Contact: Judy Laible
Phone: 970-622-9498

Dick Nelson
Phone:  970-218-6211

Meeting Schedule

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.  No meeting will be held on December 27.)  
February 28, 2015 - Dr. Michael Thakor, a rheumatologist with The Arthritis & Rheumatology Center of Northern Colorado, will present information on the different types of scleroderma and discuss treatment options.


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

Meeting Schedule

November 8 - Pre-holiday party and update on the National Patient Education Conference workshops by this year's Chapter attendees.
January 10, 2015 - Presentation on acupuncture by Healing Horizons Integrated Health Solutions.  (NOTE SPECIAL LOCATION:  THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD AT THE MESA COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY AT 443 N. 6TH ST., GRAND JUNCTION, CO  81501.  THE MEETING WILL BE DOWNSTAIRS IN ROOM B.)
March 14, 2015 - Kevin Fischer, a Cardio-Pulmonary Physician Assistant, will present on interstitial lung disease.