Support Groups are often one of the best ways that participants at Waterford Place garner strength and wisdom. Support Groups at Waterford Place are safe spaces for participants to share information while also receiving support in managing difficult experiences and celebrating successes along the way.
Online Support Groups
Aurora Multiple Myeloma Networking Group (Virtual Only)
First Wednesdays: December 7, January 4, February 1 • 6 to 8 p.m.
Affiliated with the International Myeloma Foundation, this group is open to those diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma as well as their loved ones. Light refreshments will be provided. To sign up, please call Valarie Traynham, group leader, at aurora@IMFsupport.org or (630) 423-6510.
Breast FRIENDs (First Resource in Experiencing and Navigating a Diagnosis)
Third Mondays: December 19, January 16, February 20 • 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Facilitated by a licensed professional counselor, Breast FRIENDs is for anyone experiencing a breast cancer diagnosis, regardless of treatment type or stage. This informal group provides support and a safe place to share experiences, successes and ongoing challenges.
Survivorship Support Group
Third Mondays: December 19, January 16, February 20 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
This group is for those who have completed treatment and are looking for support as they transition into life after treatment. The informal group provides a safe space to share experiences, successes and ongoing challenges for all persons living through and beyond cancer.
Gyne SISTERs (Sharing Inspiration and Support Through Education and Resources)
Second Thursdays: December 8, January 12, February 9 • 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Open to those who have had a gynecological cancer diagnosis, Gyne SISTERs is co-facilitated by a licensed social worker and a registered nurse.
Fourth Tuesdays: December 27, January 24, February 28 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
This group is open to men who have had a cancer diagnosis. It is facilitated by a licensed clinical social worker who is also a prostate cancer survivor. A light dinner will be provided.
Oncology-Focused, Short-Term Counseling
By Appointment Only
Short-term counseling is to address cancer-related issues is available to those diagnosed with cancer and their families. Up to five sessions are provided to address concerns such as sadness, worries, communication, returning to work, body-esteem and other similar issues as they relate to a cancer diagnosis.
By Appointment Only, provided through a partnership with Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care of Illinois.
For many, the grief experience that results from the death of a loved one can generate a myriad of feelings, confusion and questions. Talking with a bereavement specialist one-on-one about this experience can assist in the coping process.
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