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.
The following is a list of support groups and workshops that will be offered at Baystate Mary Lane Outpatient Center in Ware in 2017.
Alcoholics Anonymous - Meetings held in the Main Conference Room 2nd Floor, Sunday Evenings 7-8:15 pm.
Breast Cancer Support Group - Open to all women with breast cancer regardless of stage of treatment. Meetings are held the 4th Wednesday of every month, 11am-12:30 pm.
Circle of Angels: A Quilting Support Group for People Who Have Been Touched by Cancer - Meets twice monthly on Tuesdays each month from 11 am-1pm.
Expressive Writing Through Cancer - Open to all cancer diagnoses. Meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of every month, 11 am-1 pm.
General Cancer Support Group - Open to all cancer diagnoses. Meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month, 11 am-12:30 pm.
Partners in Caregiving - An early evening support group for caregivers of people with cancer. Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of the month 5-6:30 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 about any of the cancer-related groups, call Camille St. Onge, LICSW, oncology social worker, at 413-967-2245.