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Presidents Message Sept/Oct 2019

 Can you believe summer is almost over?  I hope you all had a wonderful time.  I am sorry that this newsletter is late but due to some personal health issues, I have not been able to work on it. I am doing great now. Thank you for your understanding

 Our picnic was a super time and the turnout was wonderful. It was so nice to see everyone and so many of our new members.  The food was great, so a big thank you to Dawn Crain from Byram, Lori Chester from Hollister, Karlene Martin from Shield, Melissa Hood from Coloplast and Chris Rigsby from B Braun, as we depend on donations to pay for the picnic. To each and every one of these special people we send our thanks and gratitude. 

 Meetings at Porter Adventist Hospital

2525 S Downing Street, Denver

7PM-9PM




UPCOMING SPEAKERS:

   September 24th Dr. Santosh Nandi -Colorectal surgeon

                          Do you wonder how an ostomy is made?   

                          Do you have questions about hernias? Or the                              difference between a colostomy and ileostomy? 

                        Do you wonder what the criteria is needed for an                          ostomate to get a reversal?

BRING YOUR OWN QUESTIONS ALSO!!

            

                Do you wonder what foods you can eat or what, or what foods you should avoid?                  

                 Do you wonder why some people can eat everything, but you can’t? Are you completely confused and frustrated?     

Oct.22nd. Angela Waliszewski, Registered Dietitian will answer these questions and more, so bring your own questions to ask.   Lori Chester from Hollister will also be speaking about new products. 

 Your help is needed:

We will be having a visitor certification class in October.  Date TBA. This involves taking  a 2-hour UOAA class that allows you to be a visitor with new ostomate, people who want to talk to someone about becoming an ostomate, you may be able to help with presentations for CU Students. WE ARE IN DESPERATE NEED OF MALE UROSTOMATES TO BECOME CERTIFIED VISITORS.  Please send me an email at ejgoldberg@comcast.net or call me at 303-489-0636. If you are already certified, please send me your information so that I have my list up to date.

 Looking forward to seeing everyone at the next meeting. 

Hugs,

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
September 24, 2019
Dr. Nandi will be speaking!


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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