Support groups are an opportunity to connect with people in your community who are facing similar challenges as they cope with a health issue or life event.
Moving Forward: Amputee Support Group of Western New York features various guest speakers and special resources for amputees and their families.
The group was founded by Kevin Degnan, who, after having his leg amputated, underwent rehabilitation at Kenmore Mercy Hospital's AthletiCare. After months of training, Kevin was able to reach his goal of finishing a 5K race.
The support group meets on the last Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Community Room at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, located at 2950 Elmwood Avenue in Kenmore. Exceptions to the schedule or meeting location are noted in the calendar above.
You need not be a Catholic Health patient to attend. All are welcome.
Call (716) 447-6037
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Better Breathers Club is a free support group for people with emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, lung cancer or other lung diseases.
We will help you to manage your condition and improve your quality of life.
You will learn about resources and activities in your community that can help you manage your day-to-day life. You will also get out of the house and become more active.
The group meets on the third Tuesday of every month from 11 a.m. to noon at the Community Room at Sisters of Charity Hospital, St. Joseph Campus, 2605 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga, NY.
For more information or to register, please call (716) 706-2112.
The MS Wellness Exercise Program offers structured exercise in a supportive environment to help MS patients to manage their medical conditions.
For Marion, who has attended the group for 13 years, these exercise sessions have helped her to live without a wheelchair and provided an opportunity to socialize with people who are "like family." Click here to learn how the support group has changed Marion's life.
The group meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Partners In Rehab West Seneca. Anyone with MS can join. Participants must have the approval of their physicians to attend.
Cost is $3 per session.
For more information or to register, please call (716) 558-5150.
Sharing knowledge, feelings, and experiences with other people in similar situations will help you face the challenges of osteoporosis with a positive attitude.
The New York State Osteoporosis Prevention & Education Program has established a statewide network of support groups committed to providing people with the opportunity to obtain reliable, current information and to share coping strategies in a caring environment.
For information about joining a support group, contact the Western New York/Rochester Regional Osteoporosis Resource Center at (716) 862-BONE (2663).
Monthly support groups are offered to assist families while they mourn the loss of their baby. Led by a professional nurse, these groups can help grieving parents learn how to best remember their babies and understand the natural emotional reactions to loss.
A group for parents and grandparents who have experienced the loss of a baby through stillbirth (20 weeks onwards) or early infant death.
You are welcome to share your story, ask questions of other bereaved parents, and seek support/advise but also note that much is gained from just attending the group. No one will pressure you to talk. Just listening can be very helpful.
If there are family members who want to attend a group session, be aware that they meet in a separate room. Please call to let Fran know so that arrangements for another facilitator can be made.
This group meets at the M. Steven Piver, M.D. Center for Women’s Health & Wellness (First Floor Conference Room, 2121 Main Street, Suite 100, Buffalo) on the fourth Wednesday of the month, with a few exceptions.
A group for parents who have experienced the loss of a baby through miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. This group meets at The M. Steven Piver Center for Women's Health and Wellness (2157 Main Street, Buffalo) on the first Thursday of each month from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
A group for parents who are pregnant again after a previous pregnancy loss. This group meets at The M. Steven Piver Center for Women's Health and Wellness (2157 Main Street, Buffalo) on the second Thursday of each month from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
There is no charge to attend any of these meetings and reservations are not required. However, advance knowledge of your attendance is appreciated so you can be welcomed properly. If you will be attending, please contact Fran Kane at (716) 862-1678 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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