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Support Services

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.

The Healing Kitchen Family Style: Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Thursday, November 1 • 6 to 7:30 p.m., Presented by Carly Smitherman MS,
RDN, LDN

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

Participants are invited to gather for a nutritious cooking demonstration that involves the whole family! Learn fun and creative ways of using healthy ingredients to make dishes everyone can enjoy. Pizza night doesn’t have to mean skimping on nutrition. Find out how to sneak in some veggies while still indulging in the flavors you love! Join in on this hands-on cooking demonstration to learn how to make pizza crust from cauliflower and have fun adding toppings of your choice. This is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Space is limited so make sure to sign up today! Audio/Visual provided through a grant generously awarded by the Community Foundation of the Fox Valley. Register Online

Family Holiday Photos

Thursday, November 15 • 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Caring Arts photographers will be on hand with their traveling photo studio, winter backdrop, Santa hats and festive props for family holiday photos. A full set of portrait prints will be mailed to you in time for holiday giving or to use on your holiday cards. We’ll color holiday coloring pages for kids and Winter Mandalas for adults while you wait your turn. Dinner will be provided. Register Online

Support Groups

All Cancers Support Group

First and Third Tuesdays, October 2 & 16, November 6 & 20 and December 4 & 18, 2 to 3:30 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 any cancer type. This group is co-facilitated by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an Oncology Nurse Navigator. The group will begin once 5 participants have registered. Register Online

Aurora Multiple Myeloma Networking Group

First Wednesdays October 3, November 7 and December 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 aurora@IMFsupport.org. This group is affiliated with the International Myeloma Foundation.

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

Third Mondays, October 15, November 19 and December 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. Co-Facilitated by a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator. Register Online

Breast Cancer Survivorship Networking Group

Second Mondays, October 8, November 12 and December 10 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
This group is open to those who have completed treatment and/or are dealing with residual effects from breast cancer treatment (physical and/or emotional). Co-facilitated by a Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator and a breast cancer survivor. Register Online

Caregiver Support Group

Second Wednesdays, October 10, November 14 and December 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
Resources)

Second Thursdays, October 11, November 8 and December 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

Post-Treatment Group

Fourth Tuesdays, October 23 and November 27 (No Meeting in December) • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
This group is open to those who have completed cancer treatment in the last five years and are navigating the experience of establishing and maintaining a “new normal.“ This group is facilitated by a licensed clinical social Worker. The group will begin once 5 participants have registered. Register Online

Men’s Group

Fourth Tuesdays, October 23 and November 27 (No Meeting in December) • 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 Tuesdays, October 9, November 13 and December 11 • 10 to 11:30 a.m.
This group is designed to support those living with an advanced or metastatic cancer diagnosis. Co-Facilitated by a social worker and palliative care physician. Register Online

West Suburban Brain Tumor Resource and Support Group

Third Wednesdays • October 17 and December 19 (No meeting in November) • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
This group is open to those diagnosed with a brain tumor as well as their loved ones. The group will begin once 5 participants have registered. Register Online

*Individual brain tumor resource navigation and support are available via telephone by a group facilitator. If you are interested, please call 331-301-5280 to schedule an appointment.

Grief Support Group

First and Third Thursdays • October 4 & 18, November 1 & 15 and December 6 & 20 • 1 to 2:30 p.m.
This group is led by a hospice chaplain and is open to any adult who is coping with the death of a loved one as a result of cancer. This group is made possible through a partnership with Avalon Hospice and will begin once 5 participants have registered. 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

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 -->