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Support Groups

Brain Aneurysm Support Group

In partnership with the Joe Niekro Foundation.

Third Thursday of the month, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

This support group will begin with a guest speaker and then smaller group discussions led by facilitators who are trained by the JNF. All patients or caregivers for brain aneurysms are welcome.

Cancer Networking Group - Gilda's Club Chicago

Mondays, 1 to 2 p.m.

Come and join us for a discussion among cancer patients, caregivers, family and friends.

Caregiver Support Group - Gilda's Club Chicago

First and third Thursdays of the month, 3 to 4 p.m.

This group offers an opportunity to meet other family members or caregivers to share experiences and learn from others.

Diabetes Support and Education Group

The last Friday of every month, 2 to 4 p.m.

Join Rush Diabetes Center experts and participate in a monthly program designed to explore diabetes management in a group setting. Discussions will cover healthy habits, establishing long-term health goals, nutrition and making lifestyle changes that support living with diabetes.

Life After Stroke: An Education Class for Adult Survivors and Families

Offered by the Comprehensive Stroke Program at Rush.

Meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2 to 3 p.m.

Join us for a group offering support and information for adult stroke survivors and their families. A support team, including a physician, nurse, case manager, ethicist and spiritual care, will provide education and coping techniques for the changes that occur after a stroke.

Liver Transplant Support Group

This support group is open to all liver transplant candidates and recipients and their families. The group offers an opportunity for current and former patients to meet others who are waiting for transplant or who are going through post transplant, and to learn more about the liver transplant process and coping strategies. Everyone will have the opportunity to share stories, feelings and concerns. This group is facilitated by the hospital chaplain, an advanced practice nurse and the outpatient liver transplant social worker.

Please ask the unit clerk for the room number when you arrive.

Memory Loss: Families and Friends of Persons with Memory Loss

Cosponsored by the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Illinois.

Meets second Monday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Are you caring for someone with memory loss, dementia or Alzheimer's disease? Join us for a support and education group for people who care for individuals affected by memory loss. Caregivers will share experiences and coping strategies and connect with others who truly understand the journey of a caregiver.

Multiple Myeloma Support Group

In partnership with Gilda's Club Chicago.

The program is led by a myeloma specialist at Rush, a nurse and a speaker on supportive care issues. It is designed to provide valuable information about multiple myeloma; supportive care strategies that help manage some of the continuing effects of the disease, such as pain, peripheral neuropathy, stress, and fatigue, as well as future therapies. Participants will also have the opportunity to connect with other patients and caregivers whose lives have been affected by myeloma; thus, promoting support and friendship.

This event is open to all patients with multiple myeloma: newly diagnosed, undergoing treatment, or survivors. Caregivers and family members are also welcome.

Parkinson's Disease Support Group

Located at Rush Oak Park Hospital, this program is an educational and support group for both care-partners and patients. More advanced patients are welcome, though the group is not exclusive to patients at other stages. This group begins with a continental breakfast, followed by an hour-long education series. In the last hour, patients and care-partners split into two groups to discuss separately.

Partners in Caring: Westside Perinatal Support Group

This group meets first Thursday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This group is staffed by professionals from Rush, Stroger and the University of Chicago. Parents who have experienced a pregnancy loss or infant death are welcome. The program provides opportunities to share personal stories and promotes healthy grieving with the support of those with similar experiences.

Throat Cancer Group - Gilda's Club Chicago

Second Thursday of the month, noon to 2 p.m.

This monthly group will consist of discussions, question and answer periods, and education.

Without Warning: Supporting those with younger-onset Alzheimer's disease

Inspired by someone affected by younger-onset Alzheimer's disease, Without Warning™ supports and empowers individuals and their families who face Alzheimer's disease early in life. Designed to enhance vitality and quality of life, Without Warning's specifically tailored programs offer individuals and their families opportunities for education and support. By realizing that "we are not alone," we hope individuals and their family members will find purpose, dignity, and the opportunity to live each day with meaning and grace.

Meeting for the Family - A monthly meeting for individuals and their family members who are living with younger-onset Alzheimer's disease.

Meeting for the Adult Children - A bi-monthly meeting for adult children - college age and older.

Meeting for the Children - A bi-monthly meeting for children - first grade through high school.

Women of Color with Cancer - Gilda's Club Chicago

Second Tuesday of the month, noon to 1 p.m.

A monthly group for women of color to discuss issues facing us when living with cancer.

Young Onset Parkinson's Disease Support Group

Patients who have been recently diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and are in the age range of 60 and younger are welcome.