SUPPORT GROUPS

Support for patients, parents, spouses, partners and family members affected by IBD.

Our next meeting for parents, spouses, partners and family members of patients living with Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis will be held online. 

December 9th

6:30pm - 8:00pm Pacific Time

Online

Our next meeting will be a place for IBD patients only to learn about how others are coping. This meeting will be held online for patients only.​

December 15th

6:30pm - 8:00pm Pacific Time

Online

Participants at the Screenland 5k event

Why join us for CONNECTIONS?

You have just heard the diagnosis of Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, and received information from your doctor about treatments, but you still have so many questions.  How do I explain this to family members, what is the best way to communicate with my child’s school, how can I support my child, how will this affect the family, and so much more. Where do you look for answers?

C to C provides peer-to-peer connections and support to families who often feel misunderstood as they are making tough decisions about medical treatments, navigating school and social issues, and dealing with the psychological impact of these diseases. Many people do not understand how serious Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis can be. We bring attention to these diseases in order to drive funding for research and to let people know they have somewhere to turn for support. 

When you contact us, we will connect you with a member of our community who is familiar with the issues you are coping with.

We also connect with patients and families all over the country through our social media. Anyone can contact one of our volunteers directly at our email, connections@connectingtocure.org, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

If you live in Los Angeles, we welcome you to our support group. This group is for parents and caregivers of kids of any age, but patients need to be 17 or older. This group is not for younger children. 

Doctor Edward Feldman, Cedars-Sinai Medical Group

CONNECTIONS Support Group Facilitators

Edward Feldman, M.D.

Edward Feldman, M.D., is a board-certified gastroenterologist with the Cedars-Sinai Medical Group.  He has a specific clinical interest in the inflammatory diseases of the bowel, which include ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, with a focus on the psycho-social aspects of healing and disease.

 

Dr. Feldman earned his undergraduate degree in psychology from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and received his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine.  He completed his Internship at the Veterans Administration Hospital in West Los Angeles and his residency in internal medicine at Harbor General Hospital, in Torrance, California.  He completed a research fellowship in gastroenterology at Hammersmith Hospital (Royal Postgraduate Medical School) in London, followed by clinical fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine.  He finished his training in psychoanalysis at the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.

 

He is a clinical professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the Cedars-Sinai Health System.  He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of numerous organizations including the American Gastroenterology Association, The New Center for Psychoanalysis and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

 

In 1980, Dr. Feldman began a private practice in pediatric, adolescent and adult gastroenterology and became an active member of the Cedars-Sinai medical community. He has served as clinical chief of gastroenterology, co-director of the Cedars-Sinai Home Health Program, director and facilitator of the Intern Support Group for Pediatric Interns, and currently teaches in the post-residency program for inflammatory bowel diseases.​​

Amy Mann, clinical social worker at Cedars-Sinai

Amy Mann, LCSW

Amy is a licensed clinical social worker in both the pediatric and adult inflammatory bowel disease centers at Cedars-Sinai for 10 years.  She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology and creative writing from USC, and received her masters degree in social service administration and policy from the University of Chicago. 

 

She provides psychosocial assessment in the outpatient IBD clinics for biological, psychological, and social factors and connects patients to supportive services. She is actively involved in IBD research co-authoring multiple articles on IBD and quality of life. Amy recognizes IBD can include emotional & psychological challenges which can affect all areas of life, not only physical health.  She knows an IBD diagnosis can touch the lives of not only the patient, but those that surround and love them.  She is passionate about supporting the IBD patient, while encouraging healthy coping techniques such as yoga, meditation, mindfulness, exercise, hobbies and supportive psychotherapy . 

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