News From May Para Peep Meet up

IMG_6881Nine members (eight pictured) of the San Francisco Bay Area Para-Peeps had a great time yesterday afternoon at our bi-monthly meet up at Pizza Antica in Corte Madera, California. It is always a treat to see one another and there is such a special bond and understanding that is evident given our shared struggles whether past or present.  It is amazing to see the commitment of our members who continue to attend our meet ups after being cured, in order to help others through their journeys, some traveling hours to attend. So we want to give a huge shout out to these para-troopers!

2nd ANNUAL PARATHYROID PEEP RETREAT ANNOUNCEMENT – We were eager to share details of the 2nd Annual Parathyroid Peep Retreat scheduled November 3-6, 2016 at Miraval Resort and Spa situated in the warm shade of the Santa Catalina Mountains in northern Tucson, AZ, on 400 acres of idyllic land.

Miraval is a top-rated all-inclusive destination resort and spa dedicated to helping guests live life in the moment.The property has been consistently ranked as one of the world’s top destination spas by Travel + Leisure, SpaFinder and Condé Nast Traveler.Offering an array of dynamic growth and development programs, one-of-a-kind, luxurious spa treatments, authentic, flavorful and healthful cuisine.

If you haven’t yet had an opportunity to check out all the amazing amenities and activities available at this first class resort and spa in addition to the retreat activities we have planned, we invite you to take a close look at this opportunity to create your own personal retreat and a “Life in Balance”.

Bring a friend…. we are going to have great fun together! Our peep retreat at Miraval Resort and Spa provides a haven for those who are simply interested in learning more about parathyroid disease or seeking a diagnosis, those being told to “watch and wait”, those who have persistent disease, and those who are cured. The curious, supporters, patients as well as medical and mental healthcare professionals are encouraged to take advantage of our group rate and hosted retreat activities. Link to registration information:

Our special guest is expert surgeon Dr. Deva Boone from the Norman Parathyroid Center. In addition to offering several educational sessions she will be available for one-on- one Doc chats.  We have several other well-regarded speakers lined up and will soon be introducing them to you and providing bios. In the meantime here is a peek at the retreat schedule (subject to change):

Retreat Schedule:  

Thursday Evening -Welcome cocktail party hosted by Norman Parathyroid Center

Friday and Saturday Educational sessions –  Keynote with the Parathyroid Peeps and Dr. Deva Boone, Calcium Pro App, Managing the Daily Stress of Disease, Journaling To Document Your Physical and Emotional Health plus more

Saturday Advocacy Workshops – Be Your Own Health Advocate at your Next Doctor Appointment, Become An Advocate to Help Advance Our Mission and Write Your Story to Advocate

Friday and Saturday Afternoons –  Opportunities to schedule a one-on-one “Doc Chat” to have your parathyroid disease & thyroid questions answered by an expert endocrine surgeon

Saturday Evening – Closing meditation

Daily – Giveaways

OUR NEXT MEET UP….. IN TAMPA, FLORIDA!  Yes you read that right. We’ll be in Tampa from July 19 – 21 and will be hosting our next bi-monthly meet up there. We figured since we need to coordinate a few details for our November retreat presentations with Dr. Boone, it would also serve as an excellent opportunity to host a meet up with those of you who live in the area. We would LOVE to meet you so hope that those of you who are nearby will make an effort to attend!  Details will be forthcoming. Likewise if you have a surgery date scheduled at the Norman Parathyroid Center during the time we are there, private message us and we will make arrangements to connect.

GROUP NEWS – New members in attendance had the opportunity to hear more about the various surgical techniques available to patients given that parathyroidectomies are surgeon specific. A template of questions was passed out to help members begin to develop their own list of questions to ask their surgeons to ensure, as patients, we  understand the exact type of surgery a surgeon intends to perform. There are differences and outcomes are dependent on the predilection and experience of the surgeon! That is why our mission is to raise awareness and advocate for IMPROVEMENT in diagnosis and standards for surgical treatment. Become educated and then be smart!

Listen to our podcast – “In the Operating Room with Dr. Deva Boone”

Thank you all for your ongoing support!

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