“When ‘I’ is replaced by ‘we’, even Illness becomes Wellness.” ~Sushan R. Sharma
Many people facing cancer may wonder how a support group can help. Some people imagine that a group involves only the exchange of “sad stories”. For most people, however, being part of a group is an extraordinarily positive experience.
The Center’s groups are intimate, casual gatherings of people who are facing similar cancer experiences. Groups are co-lead by volunteer facilitators, who are well trained to maintain the group as a shared, comfortable space for all.
Some group members use the time to talk about what is going on for them or their loved one; others benefit simply by listening. Most use a support group as a place to explore problem-solving strategies, resources, and methods for coping with symptoms of illness, side-effects of treatment, and the daily impact of cancer.
Overwhelmingly, support group participants report that the experience provided support and hope for the future, decreased feelings of isolation, and coping skills for managing a cancer diagnosis.
Support & Networking Groups offered at the Cancer Community Center
Bereavement Support Group
This 8-week group is for those newly bereaved due to cancer, or who have not participated in a grief group before. The group welcomes new participants for the first three sessions, and then is closed to newcomers to ensure that group members will have a clear beginning and end to the group process of connecting with others who are also grieving. Check the Program Calendar for specific dates.
Caregiver Support Group
For anyone affected by someone else’s cancer, whether you support a friend or family member emotionally, or provide direct care. For caregivers only. Meets the 2nd Thursday monthly.
Dancing on the Edge
Dancing on the Edge is a group for people living with a recurrent, metastatic or terminal cancer diagnosis. This group comes together to explore how we can find a place of acceptance, peace and love that does not depend on a cure. Meets the 2nd Thursday monthly.
Gynecological & Breast Cancer Group
For women seeking support for breast cancer and women diagnosed with ovarian and other gynecological cancers. Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday monthly.
Leukemia, Lymphoma & Multiple Myeloma Support Group
by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
For adult patients and family members coping with leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, or multiple myeloma. Meets the 3rd Tuesday monthly.
Live2Thrive Discussion Group
For young adult patients and survivors. Share experiences & discuss issues of interest. Meal provided. Pre-registration is required.
Living with Loss
This open group is intended for those who are looking for continued emotional support after the loss of a loved one. This group meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month.
Lymphedema Support Group
by Mercy’s Lymphedema Treatment Center
For people who have either secondary or primary lymphedema. Meets the 1st Wednesday of every other month. Please call 400-8520 to register. Lunch will be provided
Lung Cancer Family Support Group
For patients and family members coping with lung cancer. Provides support, information and networking. Meets once a month on the 4th Thursday.
Multiple Myeloma Support Group
by the International Myeloma Foundation
For patients, family, and caregivers coping with multiple myeloma and its associated bone destruction. The group meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month.
Prostate Cancer Hormone Therapy Group
For prostate cancer patients, partners and caregivers dealing with advanced prostate cancer and hormone therapy. Drop-ins encouraged. This group meets monthly on the 3rd Monday.
Southern Maine Prostate Cancer Group
Prostate cancer patients, partners and caregivers dealing with a prostate cancer diagnosis. This group meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month.
Weekly Cancer Support Group
For patients, family members & friends. This group welcomes any adult who has or has had any type of cancer. Friends and family are encouraged to come, with or without the patient! Participants explore experiences common to all types of cancer. Groups meets every Wednesday.