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Health/Fitness Article 6767


 

McLaren Support Groups Scheduled For March 2012

February 26, 2012       Leave A Comment
By: O. J. Cunningham

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The Amputee Support Group will meet on Tuesday, April 3, from 12:00 noon until 1:00 p.m. at the Center for Rehabilitation, 3190 East Midland Road in Bay City. The Amputee Support Group was formed to provide support and information for individuals with an amputation. There is no charge for the program and family members are encouraged to attend. For more information, please call (989) 667-6736.

The Bay Area Cancer Support Group meets on the first Thursday of each month (March 1) from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. in Conference Rooms A & B at the Center for Rehabilitation, BRMC West Campus, 3190 East Midland Road, Bay City. This group offers a friendly environment to allow open discussion for patients, families, and friends who are dealing with cancer.

A registered social worker facilitates this group. Participants can learn about the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, as well as learn new coping skills. For more information, please call (989) 894-3180 or (989) 633-8451. McLaren-Bay Region is a proud member of the Great Lakes Cancer Institute (GLCI).

The Bay Area Stroke Support Group meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 10 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Center for Rehabilitation, 3190 East Midland Road, Bay City. The Bay Area Stroke Support Group was formed to provide support and information for individuals who have had a stroke. There is no charge for the program and family members are encouraged to attend. For more information, please call (989) 667-6736.

Caring for Others meets the second Wednesday of each month at the Center for Rehabilitation, 3190 E. Midland Road in Bay City. The next meeting is Wednesday, March 14 at 6:00 p.m. This support group is designed is for individuals who have the responsibility of taking care of others, whether it is a family member or friend and is "offered free of charge. For more information, please contact Karen Pabalis at (989) 667-6636.

Precious Reflections, a pregnancy and infant loss support group, will meet on Tuesday, March 6 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Center, 820 South Lincoln, Bay City. The support group is open to parents and their support persons who have experienced a pregnancy loss through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, SIDS, or the death of a newborn. This support group is offered free of charge. For more information, please call (989) 894-3015.

McLaren-Bay Region's Postpartum Support Group: Mood Changes After Your Baby's Birth - You Are Not Alone will meet on the second Thursday of the month (March 8) from 7-8:30 p.m. in Small Café Conference Room at McLaren-Bay Region, 1900 Columbus Avenue, Bay City.

This group offers a friendly environment to provide support and encouragement for mothers who may be struggling with adjusting to the postpartum period and becoming a new parent. Family members and friends are encouraged to attend as well. Participants can gain support and learn more about how to overcome the stresses commonly experienced during this challenging time. This postpartum time can become even more challenging if a mother develops Postpartum Depression or Mood Disorder, which may occur anytime during the first year following pregnancy. It is very important to expand your circle of support to make the most of this special year.

"Embrace Your Heart," for individuals who have heart failure and their support persons, meets the second Thursday of each month at McLaren-Bay Region, 1900 Columbus Avenue, Bay City, in the Small Café Conference Room (conference room adjacent to the Cafeteria). The next meeting is Thursday, March 8 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Each meeting will have a guest speaker, who will discuss topics such as: nutrition, medications, exercise, treatments, importance of self-care, emotional well being, tips for reducing strain on your heart and breathing easier, and ideas for talking with your healthcare provider. Participants are asked to bring a list of their current medications, including over-the-counter and vitamins, to every meeting. There is no fee to attend the support group. Heart Failure Patients are encouraged to attend with their support person. If you plan to attend the support group, please RVSP to Kelly Hartwell at (989) 894-6474.

Heart Failure is a condition that affects nearly five million Americans of all ages and is responsible for more hospitalizations than all forms of cancer combined. Over 400,000 new cases of heart failure will be diagnosed in the next year.

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O. J. Cunningham

O. J. Cunningham is the Publisher of MyBayCity.com. Cunningham previously published Sports Page & Bay City Enterprise. He is the President/CEO of OJ Advertising, Inc.

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