C. diff. Global Tele-Support Program Welcomes C. diff. Survivors, Patients, Families, Clinicians and All

CdiffGlobalSupportFThe  C. diff. Global Community Tele-Support  program was developed for patients diagnosed with this gastrointestinal infection, for their families, clinicians, C. diff. survivors continuing their recovery from a prolonged illness and any individual seeking support and information are welcome to register.

 

 

C. difficile (C. diff.) infections caused almost half a million infections among patients in the United States in a single year, according to a 2015 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In  addition, an estimated 15,000 deaths are directly attributable to C. difficile infections, making them a substantial cause of infectious disease death in the United States.

These tele-support sessions are focused on:
Nutrition, Mental Health, The Who – What – Where of C. difficile infections,
Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT) general information, and more.

The support sessions are lead by fellow-C. diff. Survivors and Healthcare Professionals
with first hand experience and knowledge of topics being discussed.

This program is beneficial to families, patients, and healthcare professionals alike.

Please feel free to offer this program information to others to listen in or participate.
Share the page with friends/family members afflicted with a C. difficile infections
and many other long-term illnesses.

This program is free of charge and available Nationwide and is accessible from 57 Countries.

*To view the complete Country/City Listing please visit the C Diff Foundation Website http://www.cdifffoundation.org  and it can be located under the Top Tab Heading “C diff Support.”

 

Support is never singled out to one diagnosis and is only a phone call away

For the month of  MARCH  the following  Support Sessions are available:

Monday, March 7st:  Host – Angela Martin, a  retired healthcare professional and
fellow-C. diff. Survivor.  Topic:  The session will provide general  information and support related to Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT) as an alternative and promising treatment (not yet FDA approved with clinical data pending), for C. difficile infections (CDI).  Discussions will be focused on information for pre- and post-FMT and failed FMT’s for patients, families, and clinicians worldwide.   Join Angela’s support session on the first Tuesday each month
via: Teleconference at 1:00 p.m. Central Time

Wednesday, March 9th: Host – Lisa Hurka-Covington, a fellow-C. diff. Survivor.
Topic: The session will provide mutual support related to depression and anxiety created by long term illnesses.  Join Lisa to discuss the importance of supporting mental health with physical healthcare on the second  Wednesday each month via: Teleconference at 2:30 p.m.
Eastern Time

Friday, March 11h: Host – Scott Battles, a fellow-C. diff. Survivor.   Topic: The session will provide answers to questions with the introduction to a C. diff. infection.  Join Scott with fellow patients, families, and C. diff.
survivors on the second  Friday each month  via: Teleconference at 7:00 p.m.
Central Time

Colorado Physical Venue Support Group:  Colorado C. diff. Support Group,  Hosted by  a fellow-C.diff. Survivor, Roy Poole,  on the Third Tuesday of each month.  The session will provide discussions about C. diff. introduction, C. diff. Research and development in progress, and hope.  Join Roy and fellow patients, families, and C. diff. survivors  on March 15th at  the Arvada Covenant Church,  5555 Ward Rd , Arvada, CO from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m
Mountain Time.

Thursday, March 17th: : Host – Karen Factor, MS, RD   Topic: The session  will provide discussions focused on  Nutrition during a C. diff. infection (CDI) and how to manage nutrition and hydration.  Join Karen  the third Thursday each month  via: Teleconference at 7:00 p.m.
Eastern Time

Monday, March 28th: Hosts – Dr’s Caterina Oneto, MD & Dr. Paul Feuerstadt, MD
Topic:  Doctors Oneto and Feuerstadt will discuss C. difficile Infections; The What, Where and How There will be opportunities to ask a  brief question to the physicians.  We appreciate Dr.’s Oneto and Feuerstadt for donating their time to discuss C. difficile Infections and to provide information regarding prevention, treatments available, and environmental safety products available.   Join their support session via: Teleconference at 6:00 p.m
Eastern Time

NOTE:  The Physicians will not prescribe, diagnose, or provide medical assessment answers to any individuals participating in their support session.  Please contact the Physician providing care for a C. diff. Infection or other diagnosis that are being treated.    Thank you.

To register for any of the above sessions please provide us with the following information and  you will receive an e-mail in return with the support session Teleconferencing number and Conference ID number.

Or Telephone the office to register   U.S. Hot-Line:  1-844-367-2343,
International: 1-919-201-1512

Thank you for providing your Support Session Choice  to participate in a community support session.

Hope For The Holiday Season

candleThere Is Hope For The Holidays

 

If you or a loved one has been affected by a catastrophic illness or the fight of combating a C.diff. infection, or any long-term illness, the holiday season might not feel like the “most wonderful time of the year.”

 

Instead of joy, one may be struggling with sadness, grief, or anxiety that you won’t be spending the holidays in your own old fashion ways. There may be worries about money, time, or energy to partake in the holidays. There are ways to help make the most of the holiday season.

Begin with setting realistic goals, starting new holiday traditions, and calling for help when you need it is the first step in helping one to cope. Below are several tips from mental health experts that we hope will be useful to anyone in distress while fighting any illness.

Set Realistic Goals: This may not be the best holiday but with a positive outlook, and the support of family and friends, one can still make the most of it. Adapting to setbacks after or during an illness can cause stress, anxiety, and sadness. Try to be realistic about gift-giving and affordability and what can be done around the holidays, and share your thoughts with friends and family. Being honest about feelings and the present circumstances can help you better cope and give everyone the chance to have a better understanding. Make time to have a conversation will be very beneficial.

Start New Traditions: If you are celebrating the holidays away from your own home or away from loved ones, start a new tradition to help yourself and your family adjust to the changes. Activities like singing holiday songs or reading books aloud can help you maintain a positive outlook. Trying something new can create positive results. The new traditions will help create something special.

Surround Yourself with Support: The holidays can be a difficult for adults and children. When an individual is feeling down, lacking energy, in pain, combating an infection of any kind – one tends to isolate themselves. Do the best to avoid too much alone time, and talk to someone about how you are feeling. You are not alone and there are local numbers available in all areas to call for confidential crisis counseling and emotional support.

CONTACT USA (CUSA) is a network of crisis intervention helpline centers across the nation providing help by telephone and online chat for those in need of help.

http://www.contact-usa.org/programs.html

 

Treat Yourself with Care: It is important to pay attention to your own needs and feelings. Doing so will help you cope with stress caused by the holidays. If you are a parent or caregiver, it is important for you to take care of your needs first. Then you will be better able to take care of those who depend on you.

Reach Out for Help: Recovery takes time after a loss and even an illness – it is common to feel a lot of different emotions – anger, sadness, anxiety, confusion, guilt, and bitterness.  You are not alone.

 

Take it one-day-at-a-time………. live life in the moment and take it one step at a time.