Meeting this weekend!

Hello everyone, Hope you are all doing well. The next meeting for the Rhode Island Ehlers Danlos Syndrome awareness and support group will be this Saturday March 14th at 2pm, at the Warwick Public Library. Please share this with anyone you think will be interested/could benefit from this meeting. We are a support group for those with all types of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome/connective tissue disorders and their caregivers, family and friends.

 

NEXT MEETING:

Saturday  March 14th 2pm – 4:30pm

Warwick Public Library

Small Meeting Room

600 Sandy Lane Warwick, RI

 

In March we are very lucky to have Joanne Leppanen from RIPAC, The Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition, as a guest speaker. Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition (RIPAC) is Rhode Island’s non-profit grassroots medical marijuana community. 

 

Joanne will be talking about the cannabis program here in RI,  she will go over the caregiver program and talk about what RIPAC has to offer new and existing patients. If you would like to check them out before the meeting, or you are an existing patient looking to set up a new patient orientation the website can be found here – http://ripatients.org/ the office is located at 498 Kinsley Avenue, Providence, RI 02909 and the phone number is 401-861-1601

 

We will also have time for questions and socializing. Please join us, even if you have no interest in this meetings topic, come connect to some of our wonderful members, make a new friend and learn about something new. Hope to see you there! I have a wedding to attend directly following this meeting so I won’t be able to stay longer, I will be there at 1:30pm for anyone who has questions and wants to come early.

 

If you aren’t able to make this meeting, I hope you can come to one in the future!

 

April 18th RI EDS Awareness and Support Group Meeting 2pm-4pm – Warwick Public Library Large Meeting Room 600 Sandy Lane Warwick, RI 02886. Special Guest Speaker – A nurse from Blue Cross is coming to speak to us about the best ways to advocate for ourselves and to get the best care we can, please email any questions you have for the nurse to krista@rieds.org. We will also have an update on May events at the end of this meeting

April 19th The ‘Joint Get Together’ of the EDSNE/MA Support Group and the Massachusetts Chapter of the Marfan Foundation is April 19th at Children’s Hospital in Waltham, MA from 1 PM to 5 PM.  –Rescheduled – This was originally in February but poor weather made it impossible, this is the NEW date. 

May 30thRI EDS Awareness and Support Group Meeting 2pm-4pm – Warwick Public Library Large Meeting Room 600 Sandy Lane Warwick, RI 02886. Details to follow!

Miriam May Awareness Event

Take part in our 2nd annual EDS Awareness Event at Miriam! May 4th-May 8thMiriam Hospital is allowing us to set up a table in the hallway for five days in May. The dates are May 4th- May 8th from 8am to 5pm. We will have a table with our Proclamation displayed as well as a couple of small posters with EDS information, information to hand out like the EDNF brochures and others that I bring to the meetings. You don’t need to be overly knowledgeable about EDS, we just need people who want to help that have been affected by EDS (yourself, friend or family member) We will have all the information to provide. It will be fun to get out and raise awareness for EDS and related conditions, and maybe make a new friend while you are at it. Sign up on the Facebook page or email Krista – Krista@rieds.org to join the list of volunteers!

Upcoming Conferences:

June 25th -27th –CEDSA (Center for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Alliance) Conference-Romulus, MI https://cedsa.org/cedsa-info/matrix-of-ehlers-danlos-syndrome-conference-2015.html

 August 6th–9th- The Marfan Foundation Conference-Chicago, IL http://www.marfan.org/resources/patients/conference

August 13th-15t– EDNF Conference-Baltimore, MD http://ednf.org/annual-conference

September 26th – Marfan Foundation New England Symposium – Manchester, NH

 

Krista Brack

Krista@rieds.org

www.rieds.org

RI EDS Awareness and Support Group

Here is what is happening with the RI Support group till May

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March 14thRI EDS Awareness and Support Group Meeting 2pm-4pm – Warwick Public Library SMALL Meeting Room 600 Sandy Lane Warwick, RI 02886 – In March we are very lucky to have Joanne from RIPAC, The Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition, as a guest speaker. I’ve had many questions about using Cannabis and the patient program in Rhode Island so I hope we have a good turnout for this meeting. Joanne will be talking about the cannabis program here in RI, how the law works, she will go over the caregiver program and talk about what RIPAC has to offer new and existing patients. If you would like to check them out before the meeting, or you are an existing patient looking to set up a new patient orientation the website can be found here – http://ripatients.org/ the office is located at 498 Kinsley Avenue, Providence, RI 02909 and the phone number – phone: 401-861-1601

April 18th RI EDS Awareness and Support Group Meeting 2pm-4pm – Warwick Public Library Large Meeting Room 600 Sandy Lane Warwick, RI 02886. Special Guest Speaker – A nurse from Blue Cross is coming to speak to us about the best ways to advocate for ourselves and to get the best care we can, please email any questions you have for the nurse to krista@rieds.org. We will also have an update on May events at the end of this meeting

May 30th RI EDS Awareness and Support Group Meeting 2pm-4pm – Warwick Public Library Large Meeting Room 600 Sandy Lane Warwick, RI 02886. Details to follow!

Miriam May Awareness Event

Take part in our 2nd annual EDS Awareness Event at Miriam! May 4th-May 8th Miriam Hospital is allowing us to set up a table in the hallway for five days in May. The dates are May 4th- May 8th from 8am to 5pm. We will have a table with our Proclamation displayed as well as a couple of small posters with EDS information, information to hand out like the EDNF brochures and others that I bring to the meetings. You don’t need to be overly knowledgeable about EDS, we just need people who want to help that have been affected by EDS (yourself, friend or family member) We will have all the information to provide. It will be fun to get out and raise awareness for EDS and related conditions, and maybe make a new friend while you are at it. Sign up on the Facebook page or email Krista – Krista@rieds.org to join the list of volunteers!

We will be booking meetings this summer and are considering having one on a weekday, if this interests you and you have a day in mind email me – krista@rieds.org We are also thinking about doing a summer cookout/fundraiser – I am looking for volunteers and ideas!

Upcoming Conferences:

 June 25th -27th –CEDSA (Center for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Alliance) Conference-Romulus, MI https://cedsa.org/cedsa-info/matrix-of-ehlers-danlos-syndrome-conference-2015.html

 August 6th–9th- The Marfan Foundation Conference-Chicago, IL http://www.marfan.org/resources/patients/conference

August 13th-15t– EDNF Conference-Baltimore, MD http://ednf.org/annual-conference

September 26th – Marfan Foundation New England Symposium – Manchester, NH

Exciting news from our friends at The Coalition Against Pediatric Pain! Here at last: Family Summer Camp for Pediatric Pain Patients — Free of Charge!!! The Coalition Against Pediatric Pain (TCAPP), RSDSA, and the US Pain Foundation have partnered with The Center for Courageous Kids in Kentucky and have pooled all of our resources to create a camp for kids in pain. This will be a family camp that will take place at The Center for Courageous Kids in Scottsville, Kentucky from July 14-17th and is free of charge. It will be a time for families and kids that deal with daily pain to kick up their heels and have fun in a safe, accepting environment! For more about this and other things TCAPP is up to – www.TCAPP.org

Upcoming Events

March 14thRI EDS Awareness and Support Group Meeting 2pm-4pm – Warwick Public Library SMALL Meeting Room 600 Sandy Lane Warwick, RI 02886 – In March we are very lucky to have Joanne from RIPAC, The Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition, as a guest speaker. I’ve had many questions about using Cannabis and the patient program in Rhode Island so I hope we have a good turnout for this meeting. Joanne will be talking about the cannabis program here in RI, how the law works, she will go over the caregiver program and talk about what RIPAC has to offer new and existing patients. If you would like to check them out before the meeting, or you are an existing patient looking to set up a new patient orientation the website can be found here – http://ripatients.org/ the office is located at 498 Kinsley Avenue, Providence, RI 02909 and the phone number – phone: 401-861-1601

April 18th RI EDS Awareness and Support Group Meeting 2pm-4pm – Warwick Public Library Large Meeting Room 600 Sandy Lane Warwick, RI 02886. Special Guest Speaker – A nurse from Blue Cross is coming to speak to us about the best ways to advocate for ourselves and to get the best care we can, please email any questions you have for the nurse to krista@rieds.org. We will also have an update on May events at the end of this meeting

Upcoming Conferences:

 June 25th -27th –CEDSA (Center for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Alliance) Conference-Romulus, MI https://cedsa.org/cedsa-info/matrix-of-ehlers-danlos-syndrome-conference-2015.html

 August 6th–9th- The Marfan Foundation Conference-Chicago, IL http://www.marfan.org/resources/patients/conference

August 13th-15t– EDNF Conference-Baltimore, MD http://ednf.org/annual-conference

September 26th – Marfan Foundation New England Symposium – Manchester, NH

 

Exciting news from our friends at The Coalition Against Pediatric Pain! Here at last: Family Summer Camp for Pediatric Pain Patients — Free of Charge!!! The Coalition Against Pediatric Pain (TCAPP), RSDSA, and the US Pain Foundation have partnered with The Center for Courageous Kids in Kentucky and have pooled all of our resources to create a camp for kids in pain. This will be a family camp that will take place at The Center for Courageous Kids in Scottsville, Kentucky from July 14-17th and is free of charge. It will be a time for families and kids that deal with daily pain to kick up their heels and have fun in a safe, accepting environment! For more about this and other things TCAPP is up to – www.TCAPP.org

Upcoming Events:

January 3rd RI EDS Awareness and Support Group Meeting2pm-4pm – Warwick Public Library Large Meeting Room 600 Sandy Lane Warwick, RI 02886. Special Guest Speaker Jon Rodis and Kathleen Kane, ESQ will be talking to us and answering questions about filing for disability.

January 11th CT Support Group Next Meeting – Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 2:00pm

66 Railroad Street, New Milford, CT for more information contact – Eloise Ribisl Stager

February  7th RI EDS Awareness and Support Group Meeting 2pm-4pm – Warwick Public Library SMALL Meeting Room 600 Sandy Lane Warwick, RI 02886 – Please note change for this month to the small meeting room. Unfortunately the large room won’t be available for Feb/March and we will be meeting in the small room for February and are considering an alternate location for our March meeting.

February 8th The ‘Joint Get Together’ of the EDS NE/MA Support Group and the Massachusetts Chapter of the Marfan Foundation is February 8th at Children’s Hospital in Waltham, MA from 1 PM to 5 PM.  (More details to come.)

March – TBA

April 18thRI EDS Awareness and Support Group Meeting2pm-4pm – Warwick Public Library Large Meeting Room 600 Sandy Lane Warwick, RI 02886. Special Guest Speaker – A nurse from Blue Cross is coming to speak to us about the best ways to advocate for ourselves and to get the best care we can.

MAY IS EHLERS DANLOS AWARENESS MONTH

Start thinking about ways to raise awareness now, we will be talking about this at future meetings, if you have ideas on raising awareness and would like to join with others in planning some of these events I would love to hear from you. Last year we were very lucky to get in at Miriam for an entire week in May, this year I would love to get in at multiple hospitals, have a walk to raise awareness, try and get some fundraisers going – car wash, car show, selling cookies and other items, I have lots of information on this if you are available for fundraising let me know!

Exciting news from our friends at The Coalition Against Pediatric Pain! Here at last: Family Summer Camp for Pediatric Pain Patients — Free of Charge!!! The Coalition Against Pediatric Pain (TCAPP), RSDSA, and the US Pain Foundation have partnered with The Center for Courageous Kids in Kentucky and have pooled all of our resources to create a camp for kids in pain. This will be a family camp that will take place at The Center for Courageous Kids in Scottsville, Kentucky from July 14-17th and is free of charge. It will be a time for families and kids that deal with daily pain to kick up their heels and have fun in a safe, accepting environment! For more about this and other things TCAPP is up to – www.TCAPP.org

HOLIDAY PARTY –  holidayflyer

December 7th Dysautonomia Diva’s Holiday Fair happening at Cardi’s Furniture Community Room, 999 Newport Ave Attleboro, MA 02703 (Handicap Accessible & Free Parking) RSVP to: DysautonomiaDiva@hotmail.com Local Organizations and groups will be on site, along with food, door prizes, a guest speaker, and more! We will not be having our RI EDS Support Group meeting this month instead we will have a table set up at this event, I hope you will join us!

 NEXT MEETING:

January 3rd RI EDS Awareness and Support Group Meeting2pm-4pm – Warwick Public Library Large Meeting Room 600 Sandy Lane Warwick, RI 02886. Special Guest Speaker Kathleen Kane, ESQ will be talking to us and answering questions about filing for disability.

 February  7th RI EDS Awareness and Support Group Meeting 2pm-4pm – Warwick Public Library SMALL Meeting Room 600 Sandy Lane Warwick, RI 02886 – Please note change for this month to the small meeting room. Unfortunately the large room won’t be available for Feb/March and we will be meeting in the small room for those months!

February 8th - EDS New England/Massachusetts Support Group and MA Chapter of the Marfan Foundation Joint Meeting. When: Sunday-1 PM to 5 PM Where: Children’s Hospital in Waltham-9 Hope Avenue-Deveber Conference Room-Lower Level

We have exciting speakers booked into the spring! To stay up to date on current events, email krista@rieds.org and ask to be added to the email list. We also have a Facebook group found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RIEDSSUPPORTGROUP/

Exciting news from our friends at The Coalition Against Pediatric Pain! Here At Last: Family Summer Camp for Pediatric Pain Patients — Free of Charge!!! The Coalition Against Pediatric Pain (TCAPP), RSDSA, and the US Pain Foundation have partnered with The Center for Courageous Kids in Kentucky and have pooled all of our resources to create a camp for kids in pain. This will be a family camp that will take place at The Center for Courageous Kids in Scottsville, Kentucky from July 14-17th and is free of charge. It will be a time for families and kids that deal with daily pain to kick up their heels and have fun in a safe, accepting environment! For more about this and other things TCAPP is up to – www.TCAPP.org

October Meeting

Our next meeting is October 25th - RI EDS Awareness/Support Group Meeting 2pm-4:00pm – Warwick Public Library -Large Meeting Room, 600 Sandy Lane Warwick, RI 02886 We will be opening this meeting up to all disabled youth, please share it with those you know! We will have a guest speaker from a local university to discuss attending with a disability. Email Krista@rieds.org if you plan on attending.

Other Happenings in October:

October is Dysautonomia Awareness month! Here are a couple events going on locally:

October 4th – Dashing 4 Dysautonomia Insane Inflatable 5k Saturday, October 4 at 1:00pm UMass Dartmouth in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. Please help us kick off National Awareness Month by coming out to this event dressed in your turquoise and awareness shirts to cheer on our team and raise awareness. We will meet at 12 noon to cheer on the 12pm and 1pm group. We will likely meet for lunch after the race around 2:30pm at Buffalo Wild Wings at the Dartmouth Mall. 10-20% of purchases made that day between 11am-closing will be donated directly to DI. Be sure to inform your waitress to put your order under our “Dysautonomia International Fundraiser”. I will have fundraiser “tickets” to pass out at the race. Please join us and bring a friend! https://www.facebook.com/events/1446659265606581/

October 11thDysautonomia Diva’s Support Group meeting 2:00pm – 4:00pm Cardi’s Furniture- South Attleboro, MA Join us for our RI & MA Chapter meeting and celebrate Global Dysautonomia Awareness month! We will be sharing awareness packets and some other fun and easy ideas for the month of October. Light refreshments will be served. Awareness and DIva T-Shirts will be available to purchase and order. Our meeting will be held in Cardi’s Furniture community room on the 3rd floor in the back of the store. This location is handicap accessible and has an elevator at the front and back of the store. Please bring a friend and check out our new private meeting space which is right on the RI and MA line with plenty of Handicap and free parking

Also happening on October 4th:

RIPAC (Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition) Medical Marijuana Festival

Saturday October 4th 11am-5:30pm Open to the public $5.00 admission

FOOD-MUSIC-GIVEAWAYS 498 Kinsley Ave, Providence RI

US Pain Foundation Pain Awareness Event

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September 27th - The US Pain Foundation’s Annual Pain Awareness Event at Miriam Hospital – 164 Summit Ave, Providence, RI 02906 (401) 793-2500 September 27th, 2014; 2-5PM

Hurvitz Board Conference Room. Guest Speaker – Stephen B. Corn, MD., is a board certified physician of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts and an associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. He specializes in anesthesiology, pain and perioperative medicine. TOPIC: “Advances in Medical Marijuana Education” Inspirational Speakers: Brittany Desjardin – 2014, graduate of Cumberland High School, Attending New England College, NH; plans on a doctorate of pharmacy. Diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Sept. 2013. Sally Gabb – this Dec. will mark five years of surviving of stage IV endometrial cancer; still working full time as a reading skills specialist for community college students and remains happy, productive and always with a ready smile! Guest speaker – JoAnne Leppanen, RIPAC “Educational Briefing on RIPAC and Medical Marijuana program in RI”, Panel of Medical Marijuana Patients, Some local support Group introductions, and Refreshments donated by Whole Foods. For More Information, contact: Ellen and Stu Smith/ call 401-474-0115 or Email: ellen.smith2@gmail.com www.uspainfoundation.org