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Support Services


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.

Children and Family Programs

These programs are designed for families with children 18 years and younger.

Presents for Patients

Thursday, December 5 • 6 to 8 p.m.
Join in on this festive, fun and family-friendly evening of gift-making for the person in your life who has cancer. All supplies and instructions will be provided. We will also have snacks and hot chocolate, activities and live music! Register Online

Couples Date Night

Friday, February 7 • 6 to 9 p.m.
Love is in the air at Waterford Place! Celebrate and strengthen the bond with your significant other by enjoying an evening with dinner, music and fun activities. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. A photographer will be available to capture your special moments. Space is limited. Register Online

Support Groups

Aurora Multiple Myeloma Networking Group

First Wednesday, December 4, January 8, February 5 • 6 to 8 p.m.
International Myeloma FoundationThis group is open to those diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma as well as their loved ones. A light dinner will be provided. 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)

Third Monday, November 18, December 16, January 20, February 17 • 6 to 7:30 p.m.
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. Register Online

Caregiver Support Group

Second Wednesday, November 13, December 11, January 8, February 12 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
This group is designed to support loved ones of cancer patients. The group is facilitated by a Licensed Professional Counselor. Register Online

Gyne SISTERs (Sharing Inspiration and Support Through Education and

Second Thursday, November 14, December 12, January 9, February 13 • 1:30 to 3 p.m.
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. Register Online

Men’s Group

Fourth Tuesday, November 26, December 17, January 28, February 25 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
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. A light dinner will be provided courtesy of a generous donation by Sodexo. Register Online

TLC (Together Living with Cancer) Support Group

Second and Fourth Tuesday, November 26, December 10 and 17, January 14 and 28, February 11 and 2510 to 11:30 a.m.
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. Register Online

West Suburban Brain Tumor Support Group NEW!

First Tuesday, December 3, January 7, February 4 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
This group provides you, your family, and friends with information about brain tumors and treatments, available resources and the opportunity to meet other people in circumstances like your own. This group is facilitated by a nursing specialist in the neuroscience services and a hospital chaplain. Register Online

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.

For more information about these programs or to register, please call 331-301-5280.

Make a Difference

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