Nicki's Circle

Ovarian Cancer Information
and Support Groups

Support for women and caregivers in Colorado

Nicki's Circle

Nicki Stoner at QuaLife
Garden, 2003

Nicki Stoner, a devoted wife, mother and successful professional was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in January, 2002. Over the next several years she was actively involved in the ovarian cancer support group that met at QuaLife Wellness Community in Denver. Nicki found the group to be of great value and was committed to its continuation and success. After Nicki passed away, her husband Jim Griesemer and daughter Katie Fox established an endowment in her honor to help fund the group’s operation. When QuaLife closed, the endowment was transferred to the newly-formed COCA, and the support group was named Nicki’s Circle. Under the direction of COCA, Nicki’s Circle has significantly expanded its outreach and the number of women it serves.

Since 2005, "Nicki's Circle" Ovarian Cancer Support Groups have served women monthly around the Denver metro area and by phone statewide. The groups are open to women with all gyn cancers and their caregivers. At meetings, information is exchanged about current medical research and how women can effectively advocate for obtaining the best health care possible. There is also the time and space to share the emotional ups and downs of a cancer diagnosis.

In addition,we have Nicki's Circle Network, a social media site where you can keep in touch with other survivors and caregivers from Nicki's Circle.

Read quotes from support group participants >>

Read the Welcome Letter >>

Nicki's Circle Calendar >>

For general questions, please contact: support@

Information and support 

If you have received a diagnosis of ovarian cancer and would like to meet other women with that experience, please feel free to join one or more Nicki's Circle Ovarian Cancer Information and Support Groups, sponsored by COCA. At this time, Nicki's Circle is being offered at four locations monthly and by phone twice monthly.

Please contact
Susan Hess MA, LPC - Program Coordinator & group facilitator - prior to coming to the group for the first time.
Thank you!

Nicki's Circle Central
St. John's Cathedral in central Denver, first Mondays of the month, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Facilitated by Susan Hess, MA, LPC.

Nicki's Circle Tele-Support
Telephone support group, first Wednesdays of the month, 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Faciliated by Susan Hess, MA, LPC. 
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Nicki's Circle South
Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree, second Wednesdays of the month,
11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Facilitated by Susan Hess, MA, LPC.

Nicki's Circle Southern Colorado Telephone
Support group by phone and in person, third Wednesdays of the month, 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Facilitated via phone by Susan Hess, MA, LPC. 
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Nicki's Circle Northern Colorado
Univ. of Colo. Cancer Center in Ft. Collins, Harmony Campus, third Thursdays of the month, 12:00 noon -1:30 pm. Facilitated by Anne Marie Cronin, LCSW.

Nicki's Circle Boulder
Tebo Family Medical Pavilion at Boulder Community Foothlls Hospital, fourth Mondays, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm. Facilitated by Susan Hess, MA, LPC.

Nicki's Circle Network
Social Media site with online discussion forums for survivors and caregivers
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Susan Hess, MA, LPC
Susan is the facilitator of our Nicki's Circle Support Groups. She is a co-founder of COCA and currently on staff as Program Director.

Susan Hess began facilitating ovarian cancer support groups in 1998 and helped start COCA in 2005. As a professional counselor, music therapist and meditation mentor, she works with groups and individuals seeking support around issues of coping with illness,
life transitions, personal loss and grief recovery. Please feel free to contact her with questions  about Nicki's Circle Support Groups - 720-519-3122.

Nicki's Circle Calendar

Nicki's Circle Network

An online resource for ovarian cancer survivors and caregivers in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Region.

Click here to join:

Nicki's Circle 1-1 Peer Support Mentor Program

COCA offers a one-to-one peer mentor program for women managing ovarian cancer that would like to talk directly to another survivor. Contact Susan Hess, MA, LPC, Programs Director, for more information and to get matched with a survivor.

Susan Hess, MA, LPC

COCA – Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance • copyright ©2005-2014
P.O. Box 9216, Denver, CO  80209 
Office as of Feb. 26, 2016 - 1777 S. Bellaire St., Suite 170, Denver, CO 80222
  direct 303.506.7014 ~ toll free 1.800.428.0642 ~ fax 1.866.517.0215
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