The Triangle Ostomy Association meets
the First Tuesday each Month at 7:30p.m.
Our primary meeting location is in the Same Day Surgery Waiting Room just to the left of the main entrance to Rex Hospital.
I hope you can all join us for the first meeting of 2013. Due to the holiday falling on the first Tuesday, this month's meeting will be on Tuesday, January 8 in the regular place at Rex. Let's get the new year started right!
I hope you can all join us for the first meeting after our Summer Break (be prepared with your "What I did over the summer" stories.) We'll be at Rex on Tuesday, September 4 (yes, that's the day after Labor Day, so don't forget) in the regular place. Let's kick the new season off right!
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I hope you can all join us for the last meeting before our Summer Break. We'll be at Rex on Tuesday, June 5 in the regular place. After that, we'll skip July and August, but we'll be back in September.
This is just a quick reminder that training for ostomy visitors will be held this Saturday (January 28) from 10:00am-12:00pm at Rex Hospital in room 1209. Enter through the Patient Tower entrance and go down one floor (Level 1) then follow the signs.
We'll be kicking off 2012 with our first meeting on January 3 (the first day back at work for many of us) so don't forget to join us at Rex at 7:30pm.
Speaking of new beginnings, our new newsletter editors have delivered a great first newsletter of 2012, check it out by clicking here.
Well, summer break is over and our new season is about to begin. To get things started, we have a message from our president Jennifer Higdon:
I hope everyone had a great summer. Despite the heat, it has flown by. Since I saw you all last, my girls are now 10 months old and are standing and gibber jabbering like crazy. It is so neat to watch the girls grow up, but it is happening so fast. Speaking of things happening fast... this summer, my husband, Chad got the phone call he has been waiting for. He was interviewed and hired by FedEx (his dream company) as a pilot instructor. Everything happened so fast, and we are going to be permanently relocating to Memphis, Tennessee. Therefore, it is with great sadness that I must step down as President and newsletter editor of the Triangle Area Ostomy Association. During my absence over the last year, VP Jeff Burcham, has done a great job at making sure the meetings were moving forward and informative. I appreciate his help and all the other board members assistance. I know that all of you will help continue to help this group grow and focus on supporting long time and new members. It has been a pleasure serving as your President, former VP, and newsletter editor for these 7 years. The time sure has gone fast, and I am so thankful to have met you all.
I'm not sure if I will make it to the September meeting, as I am house-hunting in Tennessee. But I will certainly try to make a meeting before my family fully moves.
Jennifer Higdon, President
It's amazing how time flies. Here we are with just one more meeting before our summer break. We hope you'll join us for our June meeting before we enter the busy vacation/yardwork/pool season.
Our speaker this month will be Joanna Burgess, RN, BSN, CWOCN, WOC Nurse at WakeMed Cary. She will be discussing "Summer Travels and Trials".
Hello Everyone! Don't let our first meeting of the year slip up on you! Please join us Tuesday January 4 for our first meeting of 2011!
Join us Tuesday night December 7 for our year-end social and as a special treat, we'll be having a BABY SHOWER for Jen and her little girls. Please bring goodies to share. Drinks and paper products will be provided. The party starts at 7:30pm in the Rex Hospital Surgical Waiting Room.
Join us Tuesday night November 2 to hear our speaker, Tom Rinkacs, ConvaTec Great Comebacks Award Winner.Same time, same place (7:30pm Rex Hospital Surgical Waiting Room.)
Also, please note that due to scheduling conflicts, the Visitor Training has been postponed until Spring.
Join us Tuesday night October 5 for our Ostomy-themed version of the popular game "Jeapordy". Learn a little, laugh a lot, and meet some great folks! Same time, same place (7:30pm Rex Hospital Surgical Waiting Room.)
Our 2010-2011 season will start on Tuesday, September 7, yup, that's right, the day after Labor Day, so don't let it slip by you in all the holiday madness! We will be having an ICE CREAM SOCIAL, so you don't want to miss this one. See the newsletter for details.
We're ending the year on a high note. Terri Kuczynski will be our speaker again! Those of you who have heard Terri speak know that she is a bright, dynamic speaker that everyone enjoys hearing. Those of you who haven't met Terri really should join us for this meeting!
Sonya will be discussing Social Security and SSA Disability as they may relate to our members. She is a former Disability Examiner with the US Social Security Administration, and currently works for a non-profit agency helping indigent patients apply for disability. The discussion should be interesting, and I'm sure the question-and-answer portion will be lively.
Due to bad weather, we didn't have a meeting in February, and the turnout in March was very small, so Dr. Vig has graciously agreed to speak at our April meeting. Please join us there, we'd love to have a great turnout to show Dr. Vig our appreciation, and I'm certain everyone will enjoy his presentation!
Help get the year started right by joining us at the January meeting (Tuesday, January 5). Our speaker this month will be Ashley Honeycutt, dietician to discuss Healthy Eating Habits for the New Year.
At the June meeting, new officers were elected to the TOA Board. Dan Wiley stepped down as President and Jen Higdon was elected as the new President. Jeff Burcham was elected to fill the Vice-President office left vacant by Jen's election. Bonnie Sessums and Ruth Rhodes were re-elected to their offices of Secretary and Tresurer respectively. Here is a picture of the new officers along with your humble webmaster.
(Left to right: Jen Higdon, President; Jeff Burcham, Vice-President; Bonnie Sessums, Secretary; Ruth Rhodes, Treasurer; Ed Withers, Webmaster.)
Our summer break is over, and our next meeting is Tuesday September 1. We are starting the 2009-2010 season with a new president and vice-president, we will have a report from the national convention, and based on the pictures, some interesting questions for Jen about EXACTLY WHAT WENT ON at the convention.
Read the latest issue of the newsletter for more information.
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The Triangle Ostomy Association is a volunteer organization composed primarily of ostomates with the purpose of supplementing the work of the surgeon by offering mutual aid and moral support through people who have learned to live with an ostomy. Trained members visit ostomy patients in hospitals and at their homes upon request and with consent of the patient's physician.
We publish a monthly newsletter and hold monthly meetings. We hope you will attend our monthly program to support our speakers and to become acquainted with our other members and to share your experiences as an ostomate. You do not have to be a member to attend - all are welcome.