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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.

The Healing Kitchen Family Style: Make Your Own Veggie Sushi!

Community Foundation of the Fox River ValleyThursday, August 16 • 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Presented by Carly Smitherman MS, RDN, LDN
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. This will be a hands-on class where you will learn how to roll your own sushi that you can recreate at home. The hands-on sushi demonstration will illustrate a vegan “tuna“ roll, eggplant “eel“ roll, and colorful veggie roll. Limited spots available so make sure to sign up today!

Audio/Visual provided through a grant generously awarded by the Community
Foundation of the Fox Valley.

Parent Consultations

By appointment only
Do you have questions about age appropriate ways to discuss a cancer diagnosis with your child? A Parent Consultation could help. With the assistance of a few resources, you can help your child understand cancer and what to expect so you can confidently support them through the journey.

Support Groups

All Cancers Support Group

First and Third Tuesdays July 3 & 17, August 7 & 21 and September 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. This group will be co-facilitated by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an Oncology Nurse Navigator. Register Online

Aurora Multiple Myeloma Networking Group

First Wednesdays, August 1 and September 5 (no meeting in July), 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 contact Valarie Traynham group leader, at 630-423-6510 or at aurora@IMFsupport.org. This group is affiliated with International Myeloma Foundation.

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

Third Mondays, July 16, August 20 and September 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 counselor and a breast cancer nurse navigator. Register Online

Breast Cancer Survivorship Networking Group

Third Tuesdays, July 17, August 21 and September 18, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
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. Register Online

Caregiver Support Group

Second Wednesdays, July 11, August 8 and September 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, July 12, August 9 and September 13, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
This group is open to those who have or have had a gynecological cancer diagnosis. Co-facilitated by a licensed professional counselor and a registered nurse. Register Online

Post Treatment Group NEW!

Fourth Tuesdays, July 24, August 28 and September 25, 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, July 24, August 28 and September 25, 6:30 to 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. Register Online

TLC (Together Living with Cancer) Cancer Support Group

Second Tuesdays, July 10, August 14 and September 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. This group will begin once 5 participants are registered. Register Online

West Suburban Brain Tumor Resource and Support Group

Third Wednesdays, July 18, August 15 and September 19, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
This group is open to those diagnosed with a brain tumor as well as 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. This group will begin once 5 participants are registered. Register Online

Grief Support Group NEW!

First and Third Thursdays, July 5, July 19, August 2, August 16 and September 6, and September 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

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.

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 -->