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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.

We are pleased to offer the following support groups online. For more information about these programs or to register, please email or call 331-301-5280.

Virtual Connections Calls

We are launching virtual Connection Calls as an informal way to stay connected with your friends and staff at Waterford Place. Calls are scheduled throughout the week:
Mondays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. with Omar Ramos
Wednesdays, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. with Kelly Huggins
Fridays in Spanish, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. with Michelle Zepeda
To join a Connection Call, please email or call 331-301-5280 to be registered and receive login information.

Online Support Groups

Aurora Multiple Myeloma Networking Group

International Myeloma FoundationThis group is open to those diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma as well as their loved ones. To sign up, please call Valarie Traynham, group leader, at 630-423-6510 or This group is affiliated with the International Myeloma Foundation.

Breast FRIENDs (First Resource in Experiencing and Navigating a Diagnosis)

This group is designed for those who have been newly diagnosed, are in active treatment or are within the first years of completing treatment for breast cancer. This group is facilitated by a licensed professional counselor.

Caregiver Support Group

This group is designed to support loved ones of cancer patients. The group is facilitated by a licensed professional counselor.

Family and Caregiver Networking Group

This group is designed for family, friends and caregivers of cancer patients to receive support themselves and network with others navigating similar experiences. The group is facilitated by a licensed professional counselor.

Gyne SISTERs (Sharing Inspiration and Support Through Education and

This group is open to those who have or have had a gynecological cancer diagnosis. Co-facilitated by an licensed professional counselor and a registered nurse.

Men’s Group

This group is open to men who have or have had a cancer diagnosis. Facilitated by a social worker who is also a prostate cancer survivor.

TLC (Together Living with Cancer) Support Group

This group is designed to support those living with an advanced or metastatic cancer diagnosis. This group is facilitated by a licensed clinical social worker.

Oncology-Focused, Short-Term Counseling

By Appointment Only
Short-term counseling is provided to address cancer-related issues and is available to those diagnosed with cancer and their family. 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.

Grief Counseling

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.

Make a Difference

Waterford Place is free of charge to participants; however it is entirely supported by philanthropy meaning that every gift matters. There are many fundraising, corporate giving, individual donation, wish list and volunteer opportunities. Learn more about ways to give.