CCFA Support Group: Portland, OR

3303 Southwest Bond Avenue, Portland, OR 97239, USA

OHSU's Center for Health & Healing
Meets: Third Thursday, Monthly, 7:00 PM

Meets the third Thursday of every month, 7:00-8:30 PM at OHSU's Center for Health & Healing, 3rd Floor - Room #5, 3303 SW Bond Ave, Portland. Note: This is OHSU's new facility at the South Waterfront, not up on the hill. If you'll be attending this group for the first time, please contact Mark to confirm meeting details.

Street parking is free after 6:50 PM, or there is a convenient parking garage available at the facility for a flat fee of $3 (after 6:00 PM). Questions? Contact facilitator Mark Mac: or 512-264-5922.

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Thank you to speakers at past meetings:

- September 2015: Ami Kapadia, MD - Diet, food triggers, supplements

- May 2015 Meeting: Dr. Tal Cohen, speaking about nutritional supplements and functional medicine for Crohn's and colitis

- March 2015: Liana Tsikitis, MD - Surgery

- February 2015: Melissa Soll, PhD - Mental Health

- January 2015: Charles Elder, MD, MPH, FACP - Complementary & Alternative Medicine

- November 2014: Melissa Soll, PhD - Mental Health

- May 2014: Bill Thome, Accredited Disability Representative

- April 2014: Dr. Helene Wahbeh from OHSU

- March 2014: Brad Wipfli, PhD from OHSU

- November 2013: Richard Haynes - Ayurvedic medicine

- September 2013: Jane Conboy - Hypnotherapy

- May 2013: Susan Yoder, RN, BSN

- March 2013: Liana Tsikitis, MD - Surgery

- January 2013: Tom Ohling, "Nutrition Magician" 

- November 2012: Andrea Peruzzi, LAc. Listen to recordings of her visit! Part 1 - Part 2 

Helpful Tips from Group Members - July 2014:

  • Heat therapy
    • Heating pad
    • microwaveable heat wrap
    • hot water bottle with castor oil
    • warm bath
  • Imagine delays in getting to the bathroom (to decrease urgency)
  • Carry an extra set of clothes with you
    • “emergency bag”
    • for long drives: keep a shallow tub lined with a plastic bag in your car just in case you need to go at the side of the road and have a towel for privacy
  • Variety puzzles/IPad/book in the bathroom to distract from pain
  • Use peri bottle with warm water after using the bathroom
    • or a bidet attachment for your toilet
  • Take a walk during the day to clear your head and manage stress
    • exercise
  • Bring your own food to social gatherings
  • Be open with friends and family about IBD
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