ncan support groups – nebraska chapter
My name is Julie Riecken. I am a wife and proud mother of two young adult boys. I have been training manager at a software services company for the last 26 years. I have a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, concentrating in Marketing and Management. I enjoy traveling, singing, and spending time with my husband and my boys.
In 2014, I started experiencing digestive issues. After lots and lots of tests, it was discovered that I have a Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumor (PNET/VIPoma) with metastasis to the liver. Since then, I’ve had monthly treatments (Sandostatin), daily Octreotide injections, major surgery to remove the tumor, ablation, bland embolization, multiple hospitalizations for dehydration, and finally PRRT. I currently see a local oncologist in Omaha as well as a team of doctors (lead by Dr. Thomas O’Dorisio) at the University of Iowa. Throughout all of this, I have continued to work and live my life as normally as possible.
My goal is to connect NET patients in Nebraska so that we can discuss our common issues, provide tips, and have productive conversations. Since I was diagnosed, I have met several other people who were also diagnosed with NET. It would be helpful to come together to share our stories, struggles, and successes.
Ms. Julie Riecken
NEBRASKA SUPPORT GROUP LEADER
WHERE WE MEET
To be determined based on interest and location of potential participants.
(check email for occasional venue changes)
WHEN WE MEET
This NCAN chapter support group meets on a weekly basis.
Our group meets on Sunday afternoons. Our next meeting:
Sunday, August 4th – 3:00-5:00PM at Lakeside Hospital, Omaha, NE in the conference rooms – use the main hospital entrance – patients & caregivers are welcome.
Sunday, November 10th – 1:00PM – Zebra Walk for NET Cancer Awareness Day – location to be announced – patients & families are welcome.
ABOUT OUR GROUP
NCAN Chapter Support Group meetings are built on the concept of patients helping patients.
Our meetings are all about getting to know people who understand exactly what you’re going through, and about getting you the most up-to-date information on NET testing, treatment options, and lifestyle tips.
We hope you decide to JOIN us at an upcoming meeting…we look so forward to meeting you!