Winter/Spring News


February Meeting 2/9/19 – This month we will be doing something different! We will be having our first online meeting on 2/9/19 at 2pm with Guest Speaker Ellen Lenox Smith who will be doing a presentation

How I have Improved my Life with EDS’  

Ellen Lenox Smith has emerged as a leading voice for patients living with pain in RI. Mrs. Smith brings a reasoned and compassionate perspective to the need for safe patient access to medicine. She was a former middle school 8th grade Social Studies teacher, master swimmer, and high school swim coach. Ellen suffers from two rare conditions. Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Sarcoidosis, which causes enlarged lymph nodes and granulomas in her lungs. Both these conditions are currently not curable.

Ellen is co-director for Cannabis Advocacy for the US Pain Foundation, is on the board of both the US Pain Foundation and the Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition (RIPAC) as media coordinator. She has been appointed by the governor to the ATEL Program, (Adaptive Telephone Equipment Loan Program), is appointed on the Oversight Committee for medical cannabis program and helps with media exposure for the RI EDS Support group. She was a staff writer for Pain News Network and today writes for National Pain Report and1000 Watts Magazine and along with her husband, speaks out to educate others about her condition and pain management. She is also the author of two books: It Hurts Like Hell!: I Live With Pain– And Have A Good Life Anyway and My Life as a Service Dog. Mrs. Smith is a resident on a small farm in Scituate, Rhode Island with her husband, Stuart (and her Service Dog Maggie) Ellen and Stuart have been married for 45 years!

How to join the meeting

Our next meeting at the Warwick Public Library will be on April 6th 2019 from 2pm to 4:30pm Topic is TBA. I should have an update/location/date for our March meeting in the next couple weeks.

The library is fully booked for March, if you have an idea for a group meeting topic or place email Krista@rieds.org

Would you like to present at one of our meetings or know of someone who would like to and can benefit the group email krista@rieds.org or ellen.smith2@gmail.com

Have questions for Ellen but unable to make the meeting? Feel free to email her! ellen.smith2@gmail.com

Our Group Anniversary Party celebrating 6 years together will be on May 11th 2019 at the Warwick Public Library in the Large Meeting room. I’m looking for donations for our raffle to help pay for our party and group expenses, please let me know if you can help! We are also looking for food and drink donations for the party.

Have you ever organized an awareness walk? Are you interested in volunteering for the group and setting up an awareness walk or other awareness event this May/Summer? We would love to have you join us! We are looking for someone to help keep our social media accounts up to date, it would be very little work just a couple minutes a week! We will also need help getting awareness materials printed for our awareness events for anyone looking for ways to help out.

We will be heading back to the RI State House in May for another Awareness Day after we had such great success last year, date TBA.

For those of you in school, especially High School/College, consider setting up an awareness table or poster for May. If you need posters let me know and I will get them printed for you, EDS Cares has some wonderful and informative posters. https://www.ehlersdanlosnetwork.org/

Do you work or have connections in a local hospital/urgent care/walk-in or medical building? We could really use your help getting permission to set up posters/awareness tables in these locations!

Other ideas for raising awareness in May (and every day!) – Get a magnet/bumper sticker for your car, Use a washable car marker and make your car a travelling EDS awareness billboard. Pick up some awareness T-shirts! Feeling Creative? Design your own awareness shirt for the group and we will help you advertise it! Another idea is to set up social media posts on twitter, facebook, Instagram etc.to share a post each day in May with information about EDS and Connective Tissue Disorders/Comorbidities.

In past years we have had members get a human interest story published in the paper or local magazine.

A few places to try:

The Providence Journal

The Valley Breeze-Cumberland/Lincoln Edition.

The Reminder

The Newport Daily News

The Rhode Island Echo

This Week

The Valley Breeze-North Smithfield/Woonsocket/Blackstone

The Valley Breeze & Observer

The Warwick Beacon

Let us know what you’ll be doing for May! Have a great way of raising awareness for EDS and other connective tissue disorders this May/year? Share with us!

February Meeting 2/9/19

This month we will be doing something different! We will be having our first online meeting on 2/9/19 at 2pm with Guest Speaker Ellen Lenox Smith who will be doing a presentation

How I have Improved my Life with EDS’  

Ellen Lenox Smith has emerged as a leading voice for patients living with pain in RI. Mrs. Smith brings a reasoned and compassionate perspective to the need for safe patient access to medicine. She was a former middle school 8th grade Social Studies teacher, master swimmer, and high school swim coach. Ellen suffers from two rare conditions. Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Sarcoidosis, which causes enlarged lymph nodes and granulomas in her lungs. Both these conditions are currently not curable.

Ellen is co-director for Cannabis Advocacy for the US Pain Foundation, is on the board of both the US Pain Foundation and the Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition (RIPAC) as media coordinator. She has been appointed by the governor to the ATEL Program, (Adaptive Telephone Equipment Loan Program), is appointed on the Oversight Committee for medical cannabis program and helps with media exposure for the RI EDS Support group. She was a staff writer for Pain News Network and today writes for National Pain Report and1000 Watts Magazine and along with her husband, speaks out to educate others about her condition and pain management. She is also the author of two books: It Hurts Like Hell!: I Live With Pain– And Have A Good Life Anyway and My Life as a Service Dog. Mrs. Smith is a resident on a small farm in Scituate, Rhode Island with her husband, Stuart (and her Service Dog Maggie) Ellen and Stuart have been married for 45 years!

How to join the meeting

January Meeting, Neurosurgical Updates: Clinical and Research Progress Made!

Special Guest Speakers: Dr. Petra Klinge and Dr. Abby McElroy 

Dr. Klinge is an internationally renowned neurosurgeon and professor of neurosurgery at The Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University.  Dr. Klinge joined the Neurosurgical Faculty at Brown University in 2009 and is currently the Director of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and the Director of the CSF Center of the Brain and Spine at Brown. Dr. Klinge’s scientific interests include the development of advanced techniques for diagnosis and treatment of dementia, hydrocephalus, and tethered spinal cord.  

Dr. Abby McElroy is a veterinarian with special interests in large animal models of Ehlers-Danlos syndromes and equine neurology. Her master’s thesis explored neurologic abnormalities in a naturally occurring equine model of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, with a focus on occult tethered cord and myodural bridge dysfunction.  Dr. McElroy currently works as a postdoctoral research associate in the Rhode Island Hospital Department of Neurosurgery.

NEXT MEETING:

Saturday, January 5th 3-4:30pm

Warwick Public Library

Large Meeting Room

600 Sandy Lane Warwick, RI

Upcoming Fall Events

UPCOMING EVENTS

This months meeting is on September 15th

September is Pain Awareness Month and Chiari Malformation Awareness Month

    

On September 18th, a Tuesday, there will be a protest about the treatment of chronic pain patients. This will be at the State House,

September 22nd Connective Tissue Symposium in NH

https://www.connectivetissuesymposium.org/

In November Lara Bloom will be our Special Guest speaker. Our meeting this month will be in a different location and later than usual please read the flyer for more information! This meeting is on November 4th from 4pm to 6pm.

Happenings in May and June

MAY 12TH

Don’t miss our next meeting! In celebration of EDS awareness month and our 5 years together as a group we are having a party! We will have snacks, raffles, Dress like a Zebra contest, Zebra art work contest, lots of free awareness materials and ideas on how you can raise awareness this May and every day for EDS and Connective Tissue Disorders. If you’d like to help out at the meeting or bring food or drinks contact Krista@rieds.org

MAY 17TH

We will be raising awareness for Connective Tissue Disorders like EDS, Marfan, Sticklers, LDS and others as well as raising awareness of living a life in pain, at the RI State House at 2pm to 5pm. We will have two tables set up and will be talking to people about what it is like to live with a CTD.

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Our neighbors will be having their next meeting soon! NE/MA EDS/Marfan next meeting is on June 10 at Children’s Hospital in Waltham Contact Jon to RSVP or for more info : Jon Rodis wsalmgcdjm@aol.com

The Marfan Foundation 5th Walk for Victory is happening in Massachusetts June 23rd in Boston, MA. All funds raised by team Zebra will go towards EDS research! To join or donate go to https://give.marfan.org/team/154314

Our June meeting is set for June 30th at the Warwick Public Library on Sandy Lane in the Large Room 2pm to 4:30pm

UPCOMING EVENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

RI EDS/CTD Monthly Meeting April 15th 2-4:30pm at the Warwick Public Library on Sandy Lane

Marfan Foundation NY Symposium April 15th NY/NY

 

RI EDS/CTD 5-year anniversary celebration May 12th 2-4:30pm at the Warwick Public Library on Sandy Lane

RI EDS/CTD Awareness Day at the RI State House May 17th 2pm-5pm email Krista@rieds.org to volunteer

 

American’s For Safe Access May 22-24 Washington D.C.

 

NE/MA EDS/Marfan next meeting on June 10 at Children’s Hospital in Waltham

 

Marfan Foundation 5th Walk for Victory in Massachusetts June 23rd in Boston, MA

 

The Oley Foundation Annual Conference is June 24-27th in Memphis, TN

 

Dysautonomia International Annual Conference June 22-23 Nashville Tennessee

 

Loeys-Dietz Foundation Conference-July 6-8th in Baltimore, Maryland

 

Marfan Foundation Annual Conference July 12-15 Santa Clara, CA

 

Ehlers Danlos Society Annual Conference August 2-4 Baltimore, Maryland

 

ILC EDS Conference November 2-3 Toronto, Canada

 

Know of an upcoming event not mentioned? Email Krista@rieds.org

Want to help Krista attend conferences to bring back information for the group? Share or contribute to her fundraiser – GoFundMe

April Meeting

 

Saturday, April 14th 2-4:30pm

Warwick Public Library

Small Meeting Room

600 Sandy Lane Warwick, RI

Special Guest Speaker: Ellen Lenox Smith

EDS, Cannabis and the Cusack Protocol

Ellen Lenox Smith has emerged as a leading voice for patients living with pain in Rhode Island. Mrs. Smith brings a reasoned and compassionate perspective to the need for safe patient access to medicine. She was a former middle school 8th grade Social Studies teacher, master swimmer, and high school swim coach. Ellen suffers from two rare conditions. Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Sarcoidosis, which causes enlarged lymph nodes and granulomas in her lungs. Both these conditions are currently not curable.

Presently, Mrs. Smith is co-director for Cannabis Advocacy for the US Pain Foundation, is on the board of both the US Pain Foundation and the Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition (RIPAC) as media coordinator. She has been appointed by the governor to the ATEL Program, (Adaptive Telephone Equipment Loan Program) and helps with media exposure for the RI EDS Support group. She was a staff writer for Pain News Network and today writes for National Pain Report and 1000 Watts Magazine and along with her husband, speaks out to educate others about her condition and pain management. She is also the author of two books: It Hurts Like Hell!: I Live With Pain– And Have A Good Life Anyway and My Life as a Service Dog.

Mrs. Smith is a resident on a small farm in Scituate, Rhode Island with her husband, Stuart (and her Service Dog Maggie) Ellen and Stuart have been married for 44 years!

 

MAY MEETING:

May 12th 2pm to 4:30pm

Large Meeting room at the Warwick Public Library located at 600 Sandy Lane Warwick

Happy Awareness Month! We are celebrating 5 years together as a group! We will be having two contests,

1. Dress like a zebra – come show off your stripes in your best zebra inspired outfit!

2. Zebra inspired Artwork. Submit your art/craft work with a post card describing your piece with your name and contact information. We will do a blind judging and have people put tickets in baskets in front of each piece, most tickets wins!

We will also have a 50/50 raffle with proceeds benefiting the group, snacks and drinks and lots of free awareness information. If you’d like to help by donating items for prizes and raffles or funds for the event, if you’d like to help set up on the day of the event (arrive 20 minutes early) or want to help with food/drinks contact krista@rieds.org

Upcoming Meetings!

Our meeting schedule for the next few months is as follows:

 

March 3rd Large Meeting room at the Warwick Public Library 2pm-4:30pm

April 14th Small Meeting room at the Warwick Public Library 2pm-4:30pm

May 12th Large Meeting room at the Warwick Public Library 2pm-4:30pm

 

Our neighbors in Massachusetts will be meeting next on March 11th! Contact Jon Rodis for more information and to RSVP – wsalmgcdjm@aol.com

 

TO STAY UP TO DATE ON LOCAL EVENTS CHECK OUT THE EVENT CALENDER – http://teamup.com/ksef9b75cbb080a6de/

Join us this Saturday as we learn about Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and talk about upcoming events!

NEXT MEETING FEBRUARY 10TH

Due to the health of our admins our January meeting has been canceled. Our next meeting will be February 10th, at the Warwick Public Library on Sandy Lane from 2pm to 4:30pm

We will be discussing what topics and speakers we will be having in 2018. We are going to try to alternate discussion topics and guest speakers this year. Come to our February meeting and let us know what you want to talk about, hear about or learn about in 2018! We will also talk about different medical conferences happening in 2018 and find out who is going to what one. If you aren’t able to attend the meeting but would like to have your ideas included you can email them anytime to krista@rieds.org