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.

Warm Holiday Greetings From the C diff Survivors Alliance Network

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The holiday season is upon us; A time to share warm holiday greetings while reflecting upon the many individuals combating a C. difficile infection.

We especially call to mind those who have passed away from a Clostridium difficile infection and/or
C. difficile involvement while fighting other diagnoses simultaneously.

 

 

The all-encompassing nature of chronic illness and its disruption of life and plans can elicit a wide range of emotions. These responses include: stress, grief, anger,fear,depression, and anxiety.  Be kind to yourself.  Take time for you during the holiday season.

Try experimenting with different ways of managing stress and painful emotions. When you find a technique that works, try to incorporate it into your daily or weekly routine. Some ideas include exercising, walking, yoga, listening to music, deep breathing exercise, meditation, cooking, reading, writing in a journal, and spending quality time with family and friends.

We would like to take this opportunity to say that during the year it has been truly appreciated to stand along-side the many patient focused and educational organizations, healthcare professionals, and scientists researching and developing new preventative measures, and treatments to combat C. diff. infections along with the long list of  “superbugs.”

Through continued education and advocating for C. diff. infections and Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI’s) positive effects are taking place in raising awareness  in prevention, treatments, and environmental safety worldwide.

In 2016 we look forward to releasing newly developed tools for patients, “C. diff. Survivors,” families, healthcare professionals. and residents in every community while  working toward a shared goal in witnessing a reduction of newly diagnosed  C. diff. and Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI’s) infections.

None of us can do this alone…..all of us can do this together.

Thank you for your continued support and from all of us at the C Diff Foundation, and we wish you and your family warm holiday greetings.

A C diff Survivor Shares Her Journey To Help Raise Awareness

December 2, 2015

Deborah Parsons has shared her C. diff. and Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome journey

through a You Tube Video Slide Show created and posted by Deborah.

Deborah has granted the C. diff. Survivors Alliance Network permission to post this video to promote awareness of both diagnosis.

It is a heartbreaking journey, one that no one should have to endure and behalf of the C Diff Foundation we thank Deborah for sharing this video to share with the general public.

Deborah, an active Volunteer Advocate for the C Diff Foundation,  has raised C. diff. awareness through attending and participating at public healthcare events, and through avenues carved by her efforts and participation and we commend her for never giving up and for fighting her way through these catastrophic illnesses.

Thank you Deborah for your video, and forming another way to Raise C. diff. Awareness, along with awareness of  Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome, and for sharing your story with the world.

We wish you continued recovery and the best in life always.

Angelo Ortiz, Chairperson Volunteer Advocate Program
C Diff Foundation

…………………………………………………..

Hi there

I’m Deb and I’m trying to raise awareness about living with Recurrent C.diff. Infections and Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome.

Please help me by sharing my story.
Sincerely,
Deborah Parsons

https://youtu.be/6d6IwGQFltI

 

 

C Diff Foundation Opens a New Avenue – C. diff. Nationwide Community Support Program

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The C Diff Foundation introduces the                                                                 C. diff. Nationwide Community Support (CDNCS) program beginning in November for patients, families, survivors and for anyone seeking information and support.

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. (See note below [i].)

As of 2015, there is an absence of professional C. diff. (CDI) support groups in America. The                         C Diff Foundation has pioneered a collaborative plan and developed support groups in a variety of availability and locations to meet the needs of individuals seeking C. diff. information and support.

“We found it to be of the utmost importance to implement this new pathway for support and healing after speaking with numerous patients, family members, and fellow-C. diff. survivors,”

The C Diff Foundation now speak for the thousands of patients within the United States who, each year, are diagnosed with a C. diff. infection. This growth, in part, reflects the value C. diff. support groups will provide, not only to patients, their spouses, and families who are living with and recovering from a C. diff. infection, but also to the countless number of individuals who will become more aware of a C. diff. infection, the importance of early detection, appropriate treatments, and environmental safety protocols. There will also be Bereavement support group sessions for  C. diff. survivors mourning the loss of loved ones following their death from C. diff. infection involvement.

Beginning November 2015 the CDNCS groups will be available to all individuals via: Teleconferencing with some groups advancing and adding computer application programs in 2016. CDNCS groups will provide support and information  to 15 participants in each session.

The CDNCS program sessions will be hosted via: Teleconferencing with leaders and fellow C. diff. survivors  from Maryland, Florida, Missouri, Colorado, Ohio, and Oregon.

The Colorado CDNCS group is offered at a public venue and will be hosted in Arvada, Colo. every third Thursday of each month, beginning November 19th. The Meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. and end at 7 p.m lead by a C Diff Foundation Volunteer Advocate and C. diff. survivor  Mr. Roy Poole.

To participate in any CDNCS group being offered during each month, all interested participants will be asked to register through the Nationwide Hot-Line (1-844-FOR-CDIF) or through the  website http://cdifffoundation.org/ where registered individuals will receive a reply e-mail containing support group access information.

  • The Support Registration Page  will be available on November 1st.

The C. diff. Nationwide Community Support group leaders will provide a menu of topics being shared each month on the C Diff Foundation’s website ranging from Financial Crisis Relief, Bereavement, Nutrition, Mental Health, to C. diff. infection updates and everyday life during and after being treated for a prolonged illness. Both Community based sessions and Teleconference sessions will host healthcare profession topic experts

There is evidence that people who attend support group meetings have a better understanding of the illness and their treatment choices. They also tend to experience less anxiety, develop a more positive outlook, and a better ability to cope and adapt to life during and after the treatment for C. diff.

There is a Purpose:

A diagnosis of a C. diff. infection is unexpected and almost always traumatic. As a result, it is not uncommon for newly diagnosed patients to experience a wide range of emotions including, confusion, bewilderment, anger, fear, panic, and denial. Many people find that just having an opportunity to talk with another person, who has experienced the same situation, to help alleviate some of the anxiety and distress they commonly experience.

Individuals also find that they benefit not only from the support they receive, but also from the sense of well-being they gain from helping others. It has been said “support is not something you do for others but rather something you do with others.”

“None of us can do this alone – all of us can do this together.”

Follow the C Diff Foundation on Twitter @cdiffFoundation #cdiff2015 and                                        Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CdiffFoundationRadio.

Note/citation: [i] http://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/biggest_threats.html

Surviving C. diff. Infections (CDI) – Knocked Down But Not Out

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A C. diff. Infection may have knocked us down – but not out; Left us crying but still breathing, Broken us but made us braver than before.

We’re still strong enough to survive this and we will!

 

 

C. diff. Survivors Possess the Warmth and Light For Others

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Winter is in full force now, the colder, shorter days of January remind us of the warmth and light that so many individuals yearn for, but sadly cannot find.

Do you know of someone in need?  A spouse, child, parent, neighbor, or co-worker, who may be struggling right now with loneliness, doubt, fear, or fighting a C. diff. infection? Maybe they have lost their job, their home, their health, their family, a loved one………….

As a C. diff. survivor you possess the warmth and light that another so desperately needs.  You can turn winter’s drab branches into the bright blooms of spring.  How?

You can share your story and suggestions with them!  You can bring them light far brighter than any they can imagine – you are the light of hope for others.

By your participation in the C. diff. Survivors Alliance Network – you are a survivor’s light.  It is a gift that is given and received each and every day here at the C. diff. Survivors Alliance Network and C Diff Foundation.  It is countless inquiries, emails, phone calls, personal correspondence, visits from a CDF Volunteer and the support you share through your stories that give others the hope they so desperately need.

Here is an emotional note received from a fellow C. diff. Survivor:

Dear C Diff Foundation, Your letter and information you shared has re-ignited the sparks of hope within me which had long been dormant and cold, overwhelmed by grief, trauma, and losses. Too much sickness, too little happiness.  I had to take a deep breath to hold back the tears upon receiving the support you have all given me.  It was more than I had hoped for.

This is the kind of life saving impact that you have here at the C. diff. Survivors Alliance Network.

Please continue your participation on our site this year as a guiding light for others to see. We invite you to send your stories, suggestions, and healing words ………  a glimmer of light and hope from and for a fellow C. diff. survivor.

www.cdiffsurvivors.org