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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
 Colorado Springs Support Group
11 a.m. – 1 p.m., 3rd Saturday of the month.
Briargate Library, 9475 Briar Village Point, Suite 100, Colorado Springs, CO  80920.  (NOTE:  This is a new location starting with the February 2014 meeting.)

Contact: Linda Conopask
Phone: 719-495-3407
Email: roylincon@msn.com

2014 Meeting Schedule

April 19 - Scleroderma patient Sandee Maas will present on her journey with scleroderma and a kidney transplant.  Maurine Daniels with the Sjorgren's Syndrome Foundation will discuss Sjorgren's Syndrome and answer your questions.
May 17 - To be announced.  (Note:  This meeting will be held at the East Library, East Conference Room II, 5550 N. Union Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO  80918.)
June 21 - To be announced.
July 19 - To be announced.
August 16 - Update on National Patient Education Conference workshops by this year's Chapter attendees.
September 20 - To be announced.
October 18 - To be announced.
November 22 - To be announced.
December 20 - To be announced.

 


Denver
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
Email: sandeejo@gmail.com  

2014 Meeting Schedule

April 12 - Robin Hohsfield, RN will discuss sodium and fluid management.  Presented by Gilead.
May 10 - Jinny LaRock, RN, BCIAC, owner of the Denver Biofeedback Clinic, will present on biofeedback techniques for relieving pain and stress.
June 14 - "Goody bag" stuffing party in preparation of our 10th anniversary Stepping Out Walk on June 21.
July 12 - Deb McCollister, 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. 

 


Fort Collins
Fort Collins 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
Email: jlaible@frii.com

Dick Nelson
Phone:  970-218-6211
Email: dnelson729@aol.com

2014 Meeting Schedule

April 26 - Psychologist Dr. Kristin Kilbourn, PhD, MPH, will discuss the psychological and emotional impact of living with a chronic illness.
June 28 - Sandee Maas will present on her journey with scleroderma including renal failure and a kidney transplant.
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 - Holiday party - date and location to be announced.

 


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
Email: unite24u@msn.com 

2014 Meeting Schedule

May 10 - Workshop videos from the 2013 National Patient Education Conference will be viewed and discussed - "Scleroderma 101" presented by Muareen Mayes, MD and "What Is An Autoimmune Disease?" presented by Robert Simms, MD.
July 12 - Sandee Maas will present on her journey with scleroderma including renal failure and a kidney transplant.
September 13 - Update on the National Patient Education Conference workshops by this year's Chapter attendees.
November 8 - Pre-holiday party.