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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.

Family Programs

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

Teens Only Mindfulness Night

Wednesday, April 4 • 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Led by Kristen Brendel, Ph.D., LCSW, RYT, Per La Vita Wellness Counseling

Designed for teens between the ages of 13 and 17, this night is all about relating to each other’s experience with a loved one’s cancer diagnosis and learning how to use fun and helpful mindfulness techniques to address associated emotional and physical stress. Participants will have an opportunity to talk with one another as well as to try out mindfulness techniques from yoga to guided meditation.

The Healing Kitchen Family Style: Kid Friendly Veggies Nuggets and Tots

Thursday, May 17 • 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. Instead of the traditional chicken nuggets and tater tots let’s reach for a veggie packed nutritious healthy alternative. Audio/Visual provided through a grant generously awarded by the Community Foundation of the Fox Valley.

Navigating Cancer as a Family

Thursday, May 31 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.Caring Arts Foundation
Led by Jan Litvene, ACSW, LCSW

A cancer diagnosis impacts the whole family. Join Jan Litvene, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, to talk about these dynamics and how to address challenges that can arise within a family unit in healthy and productive ways. Adults only, please.

Family Fun Night!

Caring Arts FoundationWe invite you and your entire family to share a meal before engaging in family friendly activity together facilitated by Caring Arts Foundation co-founder, Barbara Weigand, and a variety of the Foundation’s guest artists.

Chalk It Up and Play With a Pup!

Tuesday, June 5 • 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Back by popular demand, the famous Rush Copley therapy dogs and fun-filled family time creating art work with chalk! Every family member will contribute their very own square in a giant chalk “quilt” of art. Bring an old blanket or rug to sit on. We’ll have some on hand, too. If it rains, we’ll move indoors and create a giant paper chalk quilt. The dogs will be here for inspiration, encouragement and comfort.

Support Groups

All Cancers Support Group NEW!

First and Third Tuesdays
April 3 & 17, May 1 & 15 and June 5 & 19, 2 – 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. This group will be co-facilitated by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an Oncology Nurse Navigator.

Aurora Multiple Myeloma Networking Group

First Wednesdays, April 4, May 2 and June 6, 6 – 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 contact Dede Brunson, group leader, at 312-898-5204 or at aurora@IMFsupport.org.

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

Third Mondays, April 16, May 21 and June 18, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Women only. 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 counselor and a breast cancer nurse navigator.

Breast Cancer Survivorship Networking Group

Third Tuesdays, April 24*, May 15 and June 19, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Women only. This group is open to those who have completed treatment for 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. *Please note change in date.

Caregiver Support Group

Second Wednesdays, April 11, May 9 and June 13, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

This group is designed to support loved ones of those diagnosed with cancer.

Gyne SISTERs (Sharing Inspiration and Support Through Education and Resources)

Second Thursdays, April 12, May 10 and June 14, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Women only. This group is open to those who have or have had a gynecological cancer diagnosis. Co-facilitated by a licensed counselor and a gynecological oncology nurse.

Lung Cancer Networking Group NEW!

Fourth Tuesdays, April 24, May 22 and June 26, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

This group is open to those who have or have had a lung cancer diagnosis. This group will be facilitated by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an Oncology Nurse Navigator. The group will begin once 5 participants have registered.

Men’s Group

Fourth Tuesdays, April 24, May 22 and June 26, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Men only. This group is open to those 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.

TLC (Together Living with Cancer) Cancer Support Group

Second Tuesdays, April 10, May 8 and June 12, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

This group is designed to support those living with a metastatic cancer diagnosis. This group will begin once 5 participants are registered.

West Suburban Brain Tumor Resource and Support Group

Third Wednesdays, April 18, May 16 and June 20, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

This group is open to those diagnosed with a brain tumor and their loved ones. Individual brain tumor resource navigation and support are available via telephone by group facilitator. If you are interested, please call 331-301-5280 to schedule an appointment.

Grief Counseling By Appointment Only, 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.

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