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May 06, 2020

May Zoom Meeting 2020

Well, we did it!  Our first virtual meeting on Zoom.  We had 25 participants. 

Corinne Baldassin, Coloplast Representative, gave a presentation on Coloplast's Mio line of ostomy supplies and answered several member questions.  Thank you, Corinne, for a great presentation.  The PowerPoint presentation is attached here.


Dr. Sandra Lopez, M.S., MFT., PhD., GEOSG member and Marriage & Family Therapist, offered her insights on the difficulties that many face during this time of lockdown.  One of her suggestions was to find the fun and laughter every day to make us all feel better.   Thank you, Dr. Lopez, for your participation and your insights. 


Sandra G. Lopez, M.S., MFT., Ph.D.
Marriage & Family Therapy
Clinical Psychology


We concluded with a follow up from each participant to chime in on how things were going for them during the lockdown.

April 01, 2020

April 1st Meeting - This isn't any April Fools.

Unfortunately, due to the statewide COVID-19 lockdown, we will not be meeting again this month.  Hope we can get together soon.

March 04, 2020

March Meeting 2020

It was determined that the prudent move was to cancel this meeting due to the presence of the Coronavirus at Evergreen Hospital.

Please take any necessary precautions to stay healthy.  Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching others especially in public places. 

Hope to see everyone in April

February 05, 2020

February 2020

A Hollister Representative came to speak tp the group.  She brought with her many samples and introduced their new line of ostomy bags.

January 01, 2020

January Meeting

There was not meeting in January due to the fact that our meeting night landed on New Year's Day.

We at GEOSG hope that everyone has a happy and healthy new  year!

December 04, 2019

December Holiday Social

Good food, great conversation.   There was a white elephant gift exchange.  I think everyone went home happy.

Happy Holidays!

November 06, 2019

November Meeting 2020

The Ostomate & Exercise

Discussion on which exercises are beneficial for ostomates and what the limitations are for each type of ostomy.

See attachment.

October 02, 2019

October Meeting

Executive Board Committee voting.  The following members were voted in for another two year term:

Laura Vadman  - Treasurer

Quyen Stevenson - Vice-President

Laurie Cameron - Secretary/Registrar

Nancy Upton has one more year remaining on her position as president.

The group broke up into smaller groups by ostomy types to discuss the issues relating to their type of ostomy.

September 04, 2019

September Meeting - Welcome back

Welcome back from summer hiatus. 

Annual Registration Drive - GEOSG does not require dues for membership; however we ask that members make an annual donation, if possible, to help fund the Ostomy Supply Closet, UOAA dues, website, and speaker fees.

Volunteers requested for meeting greeters and executive committee members.

Nurse panel - questions for the ostomy nurses.

August 03, 2019

August Social

A great time was had by all attendees.  There were about 25 members present for the social at Laurie's sister's home in Bellevue.  It was a time of great conversations and wonderful food.  Thank you all for attending!

May 01, 2019

Dr. Christine Bowen, ND

Dr. Christine Bowen presented a very educational and enlightening presentation on nutrition. 


See the attached presentation.

April 03, 2019

Peristomal skin care

Laura Vadman, one of our beloved WOCNs, presented a peristomal skin care presentation. 


We all have skin issues pop up, right?  She's armed with so many answers. 

March 06, 2019

Let's have a laugh...

We opened the meeting with a presentation from a representative from B Braun Medical. This is a manufacturer of ostomy products that have been mostly distributed in Europe up until now.  Information was shared in how to request samples from B Braun.


Our guest speaker for the evening was Claire Webber, a comedienne who happens to have an ostomy.  She shared her experiences of life, love and relationships with an ostomy.  It was a fun evening enjoyed by all!

February 06, 2019

Cancelled due to inclement weather...

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

January 02, 2019

Coping strategies.

"Coping Strategies for Life's Unexpected Challenges"; i.e. ostomy surgery, Northwest winters, an illness or death in the family, unexpected diagnoses, etc.

December 05, 2018

December Holiday Social

Potluck Social ... It's time for a little holiday potluck and socializing.

November 07, 2018

Dr. Frank Reido, Infectious disease physician from Evergreen Hospital

Dr. Reido presented helpful information on vaccinations for the flu virus, shingles and pneumonia. 

June 06, 2018

Jeff Osborn, Ostomate & International traveler

Jeff Osborn, ostomate and world traveler, gave us a taste of his travels through his pictorial presentation.   Jeff is a wealth of information on the ins and outs of traveling with an ostomy.   There is a link below to his presentation.

Author & Ostomate, Janet Buttenwieser

Janet presented her new book, "GUTS", to the group describing her journey.  The book is a witty and emotional ride through her medical story and the loss of a best friend.  Well worth the read!

March 07, 2018

Dr. Jonathon Wright, Urologist

An informative and very enjoyable Q&A with Dr. Jonathon Wright on everything urologic from cancer detection, diet, symptoms, types of surgeries, etc.  Thank you Dr. Wright for a giving of your time and talents. 

February 07, 2018

February 2018

A big thank you to Karl Boser, Shield Health Representative for stepping in and speaking to our group.  Karl offered a lot of very useful information on ordering supplies, Medicare ins and outs and general information on ostomy supplies. 

December 09, 2017

Holiday Social

This social event was cancelled.  The event was scheduled for 2:00pm.   It just happened that the Seattle Sounders made it through the playoffs and their Championship match was scheduled for 1:00pm.  Having a large number of Sounder fans, it was determined that we should cancel the social event to allow members to enjoy the MLS Championship Cup (the Superbowl of American Soccer!). 

November 01, 2017

Round Table Discussions

New member Q & A

October 04, 2017

Navigating Insurance for Ostomy Supplier

Quyen Stevenson prepared & Laura Vadman presented a power point presentation of the many ways in which the ostomate can navigate through their insurance issues and receive their needed supplies.

September 06, 2017

Welcome back from summer break!

Welcome back meeting; Annual registration drive; small group discussion by ostomy type

August 05, 2017

Summer Social

Summer Social - Laura Vadman's Residence

5:00 - 9:00 pm

July 23, 2017

Let's grab a burger!

One of our Ostomate members has invited us to try out their family's new burger restaurant in Seattle.  The name of the establishment is 206Burger.  The address is 1000 Madison St, Seattle, WA 98104 and the phone number is (206) 735-7069.  This a no host social event and everyone will be responsible for their own tabs. 


For those who would like to join us, we will be gathering around 2pm on Sunday afternoon, July 23, 2017.


This is not a general meeting. 

June 07, 2017

Leslie Heron, ARNP

"Coping Mechanisms and Strategies for those Affected by Serious Illness or Surgery"

May 03, 2017

Dr. Sandra Lopez

"The Psychological Impact of Ostomy Surgery"

April 05, 2017

Laura Vadman, WOCN

Presentation of peristomal skin issues

March 01, 2017

Pat Roley

Pat Roley - Presentation on Medicare and other Insurance Issues

Open Forum: Welcome to new members; General discussion & Questions.

February 01, 2017

Open Forum

Small group discussion by Ostomy Type

January 04, 2017

Vendor Fair

Representatives from Coloplast, Hollister, Braun, & Convatec present to display and promote their products.

December 11, 2016

Winter Social

Winter Social & White Elephant Exchange at Laurie Cameron's House

4:00 - 7:00 pm

November 02, 2016

Dr. Wayne Lau, MD

Presentation and Q&A with Dr. Wayne Lau, MD (general surgery UW/Valley Medical Center)

October 05, 2016

"Show & Tell"

Ostomates share their experiences, processes for changing appliances and their favorite products.

Annual Registration Cont'd.

September 07, 2016

Welcome Back

Welcome to returning and new attendees

Executive Board Elections

Annual Registration

Open Forum for discussion and questions

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