Michelle Holmgren, Public Affairs & Community Relations Specialist
(Office) 413-967-2296 (Cell) 413-237-6743
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Baystate Mary Lane Hospital Announces Support Group Listing for 2012-2013.
Ware, MA (December 26, 2012) Facing a major illness or stressful life change can be a daunting prospect. Although support and self-help groups can vary greatly, all groups share one thing in common, they are places where people can share personal stories, express emotions, and be heard in an atmosphere of acceptance, understanding, and encouragement. Facilitators and participants share information and resources and people in a support group strengthen and empower others as well as themselves. Baystate Mary Lane Hospital announces the 2012-2013 Support group listing:
Alcoholics Anonymous – meeting held in the Main Conference Room 2nd Floor, Sunday Evenings 7:00 pm -8:15 pm.
Aphasia Conversation Group- for family members and patients that have difficulty communicating following a stroke, head injury, or other neurological problem. Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of every month, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm in the BMLH Rehabilitation Department. For more information or to register to attend contact Natalie P. Sheridan, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech Therapist speech-language pathologist 413-967-2180
Breast Cancer Support Group-Open to all women with breast cancer regardless of stage of treatment. Meeting are held the 4th Wednesday of every month, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm. Contact Camille St.Onge, LICSW, Oncology Social Worker 413-967-2245.
Circle of Angels, A Quilting Support Group for People Who Have Been Touched by Cancer- meets the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 11:00am to 1:00 pm. Contact Camille St.Onge, LICSW, Oncology Social Worker 413-967-2245.
Diabetes Support Group – The First Wednesday of every month from 5:00 to 6:00 pm in the BMLH Main Conference Room, 2nd Floor, facilitated by Alicia Walter MS, RD, LDN, Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Educator. Contact Michelle Holmgren 413-967-2296.
Expressive Writing Through Cancer –a guided topic-driven group for those experiencing cancer. Open to all cancer diagnoses. Meeting are held the 3rd Wednesday of every month, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm. Contact Camille St.Onge, LICSW, Oncology Social Worker 413-967-2245.
General Cancer Support Group – Open to all cancer diagnoses. Meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month, 11:00 am-12:30 pm. Contact Camille St.Onge, LICSW, Oncology Social Worker 413-967-2245.
Hepatitis C Support Group - For meeting dates and times please contact John Helin,
Partners in Caregiving- an early evening support group for caregivers of people with cancer. Meeting are held the 2nd Tuesday of the month 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm. Contact Camille St.Onge, LICSW, Oncology Social Worker 413-967-2245
Look Good Feel Better Program: This two hour program is held every three months for women who are undergoing cancer treatment currently or within the last 12 months. The program focuses on skin and nail care tips, scarf and wig tips and makeup tips during the challenges associated with cancer treatments. Contact Camille St.Onge, LICSW, Oncology Social Worker 413-967-2245
For more information about Baystate Mary Lane Hospital visit baystatehealth.org/bmlh