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President's January/February Message

  It’s going to be an awesome year. We have incredible speakers lined up.... schedule to be announced. Thank you so much to everyone for your support while I was going through what proved to be a pretty extensive surgery. As a result, I am SO much better, and for those of you who think I don't exist because I haven 't been to meetings, will finally see that I truly exist, and am not a figment of everyone's imagination.

I want to thank our board for the wonderful job they have done to keep us going during that time, they are simply the best.

WELCOME new members. I am looking forward to meeting you and of course anxious to see our regular group as well.

The long-awaited visitor certification class will be in February. We will have a speaker in one room and the certification class in another room. To be a certified speaker you do need to be a due paying member. If you are interested in attending the class, please send me your name.... again. I want to make sure I am up to date and that I can get a room for us to hold it in. You don't need to bring anything except yourself and a pen please. I am looking forward in having anyone who wants to be a visitor to come to class, and get certified, as we need you! In addition, WE ARE IN DESPERATE NEED OF SOME UROSTOMATES. Please come join us.

DUES ARE DUE (like that clever use of the homonym?) They are $30 per year. We are a free support group, but we depend totally on dues and donations to stay running. Dues pay for our help line, our newsletter, meeting place, stamps, basically anything that keeps us running. Please know that if can’t or don't want to be a due paying member it doesn't change anything except you won’t receive the newsletter and you can’t participate in being a certified visitor or nursing school presentation person. Please get your dues to Jay Boscoe or a board member. Send checks, made payable to: The Ostomy Association of Metro Denver, Inc., and send them to Jay at: PO Box 480344. Denver, CO 80248. Thank you so much for your support. Donations are also welcome and appreciated.

Please note that Skyridge has a new support group (Second Tuesday of the month) that is up and running and doing very well. If you are interested in more information please contact SKYRIDGE OSTOMY SUPPORT GROUP and call Curt Klass at 720-225-2211 or email curt.klass@healthonecares.com.

Hope all is well with everyone. Looking forward to seeing you all. There will be more updates coming soon, please watch your emails.

Take care,

Eileen Goldberg RN

President




 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:
Tuesday February 25th!

Dr. Anthony Canfield will speak about Hernias and their repair (Advanced Laparoscopic And General Surgery)

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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