Ware- Facing a major illness or stressful life change can be a daunting prospect. Support groups bring together people facing similar issues and can help them to cope better and feel less isolated by making connections with others facing similar challenges Camille St.Onge, LICSW, Oncology Social Worker at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital announces the follow new support groups have formed to support patients, family members, caregivers and friends experiencing a cancer diagnosis:
General Cancer Support Group – Open to all cancer diagnoses. Meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month, 11:00 am- 12:30 noon.
Expressive Writing Through Cancer – a ten week, 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. .
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.
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.
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.
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.
For more information or to attend any of these support groups contact Camille St.Onge, LICSW, at the Baystate Regional Cancer Program at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital