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 still have a few agendas to fill for our 2015 meetings. If there are speakers or topics of interest to you, please let us know.
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
March 21, 2015 - View and discuss a video from the 2014 National Patient Education Conference titled "Prediction of Progression and Complications of Scleroderma" by Dr. Laura Hummers.
May 16, 2015 - To be announced.
July 18, 2015 - To be announced.
September 19, 2015 - Update on the 2015 National Patient Education Conference by this year's Chapter attendees.
November 21, 2015 - Holiday party! (NOTE: 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
March 14, 2015 - Demonstrations in tai chi (Part 2) by Maria T. Lopez and M.E.L.T. by Juan Flores, Certified Instructor.
April 11, 2015 - Dr. Brett Fenster, a cardiologist at National Jewish Health, will present on "The Heart and Scleroderma".
May 9, 2015 - Bethany Walters of Parker Massage and Wellness will present on "The Benefits of Massage Therapy".
June 13, 2015 - Pre-Walk rally and Picnic in the Park.
July 11, 2015 - Michelle MacDonald, a clinical dietitian at National Jewish Health will present on diet and scleroderma.
August 8, 2015 - Update on the 2015 National Patient Education Conference by this year's Chapter attendees.
September 12, 2015 - Dr. Jason Kolfenbach, a rheumatologist at University of Colorado Hospital-Anschutz Campus, will host a Q&A on scleroderma.
October 10, 2015 - To be announced.
Novermber 14, 2015 - To be announced.
December 12, 2015 - 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
Contact: Judy Laible
April 25, 2015 - Dr. Jason Kolfenbach, a rheumatologist at University of Colorado Hospital-Anschutz Campus, will host a Q&A on scleroderma. (NOTE: This meeting will be held in the Longs Peak Room at Medical Center of the Rockies.)
June 27, 2015 - Dr. Thomas Hecker, a podiatrist at Orthopaedic & Spine Center of the Rockies, will discuss "The Foot and Scleroderma".
August 22, 2015 - Update on the 2015 National Patient Education Conference by this year's Chapter attendees.
October 24, 2015 - Sandee Billen Maas will discuss her journey with scleroderma including renal failure and a kidney transplant.
December 2015 - Holiday party! (NOTE: Date, time and location to be announced.)
Western Slope Support Group
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 2nd Saturday of odd months.
Healing Horizons Intergrated Health Solutions, Suite 7, 12th Street Plaza, 2139 N. 12th St., Grand Junction, CO 81501 (NOTE: New time and location for 2015 meetings.)
Contact: Garnet Hoover
March 14, 2015 - Healing Horizons will give a demonstration on the M.E.L.T. Method, a self-treatment technique for relieving pain and stress.
May 9, 2015 - Kevin Fischer, a Cardio-Pulmonary Physician Assistant, will present on interstitial lung disease.
July 11, 2015 - To be announced.
September 12, 2015 - Dr. Tracy Frech, a rheumatologist at University of Utah Hospital, will present on Capillaroscopy.
November 14, 2015 - Holiday party and update on the 2015 National Patient Education Conference by this year's Chapter attendees.