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PRESIDENTS MESSAGE JULY/AUGUST 2020

Howdy everyone! Hope everyone is doing well, and I have missed everyone so much.

I am very excited to report that we had our virtual (ZOOM) meeting on June 23rd and had eleven attendees and our speaker. After a few glitches getting everyone into the meeting, it went really well but there are definitely things to learn along the way. Several people have volunteered to do some practice sessions so that we can get “great” at this.

The members that attended gave lots of positive feedback, and thank you to all for your suggestions and your support. We would not have been able to have a virtual meeting without all of your patience and support. Our speaker was Angela Waliszewski, Registered Dietician, and she was wonderful. Even though she has presented to us before, she still had more useful information this time around. So, to everyone, thank you all for participating. We did the meeting in a slightly different way as we were all very laid back in our own homes, and I think some members were attending the meeting from their beds.

Normally we take a break from our monthly meetings during July and August. In keeping with the “new norm” and with requests from several members, we are going to have virtual meetings on July 28th and August 25th and I will try to find speakers for both meetings.

Once again, if you wish to attend these meetings, please send me your name and email, and I will send out reminders throughout July and send instructions on how to join a meeting as we get closer. It was so great to not only talk to our members, but seeing everyone was awesome. During this crazy time when so many people are isolated, seeing and talking to our group really lifted my spirits, and hopefully the rest of you felt the same way.

Recently we have received several donations of supplies if you are in need of something let me know and I will happily get them to you. If anyone has some Hollister convex wafers that they don’t need, please let me know. (Has red stripe down side of box). If we don’t dispense of the supplies that we have, Sam has generously offered to take them to a place near him that will give them away for free.

Reminder: If you have any questions or concerns our help line is checked everyday. We try to return calls within 24-48 hours. Suggestions for speakers welcome.

All the best,

Eileen Goldberg RN President ejgoldberg@comcast.net

303-489-0636


 
Why come to a meeting?

Quotes from members-

“From the first meeting I went to before my surgery I have been so blessed to meet such open, honest and caring people. People who I can share my worries, concerns & triumphs of my ostomy. I can't imagine going through this journey without all of them. One can't possibly go to a meeting and feel like you don't fit in. Not only does it feel good to go and get advice, but I think it feels even better to go and give to someone just starting out on the journey.”

Tracey Sloan (member)



"One of the most important things that helped me was the magazine for ostomates called The Phoenix, (I was sent home from the hospital with an issue, but too afraid to even open the folder that would tell me of ‘all’ the things that, at that time, were disgusting to me). I didn’t open that folder for over a month after my surgery. When I did open it and begin to read ‘everything’ that was in it, I couldn’t stop, I couldn’t believe all this information was written down, and much of it was exactly what I was feeling! I read that issue of The Phoenix from cover to cover, and then went online to the UOAA. So much information was available to me! I called the local support group, and talked to Steve Johnson, (the President) who took at least 45 minutes of his precious time to talk and share with me. He, too, had a colostomy. Hearing him talk openly of something I was so ashamed of was very comforting. He encouraged me to attend a meeting, and meet others who have also been there and who are currently there. The support group was invaluable to me!

Debbie Conway (member) See her entire article

Several years ago, during a visit with my physician, he asked me, “What kind of exercise are you getting?”  I said, “I’m playing on a softball team for guys 45 and over.”  To which he replied, “Softball!  That’s not exercise….that’s’ a social event!”  I couldn’t really argue with him and we both chuckled about it.  Not long after this humorous exchange with my doctor, I came down with a very nasty case of Ulcerative Colitis.
 
Jim Folsom article (member)  See his entire article

https://sites.google.com/site/denverostomysupp/home/eileen-s-story
Ostomy Supply Donations and Access to Supplies : 
 
We no longer accept donations or give supplies due to a lack of storage.  If you wish to donate supplies, contact Friends of Ostomates Worldwide, at

 www.fow-usa.org .  We are working out options for space at our new location.  We should have a solution within the month.

Three major manufacturers can also be contacted about their patient assistance programs.  Their numbers are:

Hollister  888-740-8999

Convatec 800-422-8811

Coloplast 800-788-0293 Ext 7800

Upcoming Events (see schedule below):

 

Monthly meetings: 
No meeting held in December. Next meeting is held on the 4th Tuesday of the month, 7pm to 9pm @ Porter Adventist Hospital, Twin Peaks Room. See address link and below for more details. (Not Held in July, August or December) See dates and topics below.
 

Questions:303-489-0636

Next General Meeting:



Meetings are held at Porter Adventist  Hospital  On the second floor -the original room is Twin Peaks but has changed monthly due to construction. 2525 S Downing Denver, CO
 Check this site or call 303-377-4878 (listen to message) for any meeting cancellations due to weather

Help Line:  303-377-4878
If you need help with your ostomy or more information about our support group, please call 303-377-4878 and leave a message. One of our volunteers will be in contact with you.
 
       
No Meeting in July or August or December!

Current Officers and Board member are listed below.

President; Eileen Goldberg

Vice President; Sam Swears

Treasurer; Jay Boscoe

Secretary; Tracey Sloan

Past-President; Karen Quinlisk

 

Board members;
Charlotte Popovich
Sue Jacoby
John Vasu
Patty Smith
Maureen Williams


 
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