Wilmington Health recognizes the importance of support groups in the management of disease. In addition, support groups assist in helping one cope with the everyday stress of chronic illnesses. A list of support groups in our area include:
ALS Support Group
Contact Sharon Roberts at 910.815.5615.
Begin the Conversation
A public education initiative to encourage people to identify and communicate their healthcare choices. Call 877.473.4103, or visit www.begintheconversation.org/.
Cancer Support Group
The Healing Partnership Lunchtime Group is for anyone undergoing chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or hormone therapy for cancer. Enjoy a free brown bag lunch on the second and fourth Mondays from noon-1 p.m. at 2202 Wrightsville Avenue, Suite 211.
Contact Catherine Butler for more information at 910.833.8370, or visit www.thpartnership.com.
Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America
Contact Debbie Wren at 910.795.8323, or visit www.ccfa.org/chapters/carolinas/.
Diabetes Awareness Peer Support
If you are living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes and/or insulin intolerance, or if you are a friend, spouse, or caregiver of an individual who has diabetes and want to learn more, then this support group is right for you. This group will provide peer support and education for better living in a FUN atmosphere for those individuals battling diabetes. This group meets at 7 p.m. at 1500 Physicians Drive, Wilmington. Like Diabetes Awareness Peer Support Group on Facebook. To learn more, please download the flyer.
Diabetes Insulin Support Group
Contact Sally Freas at 910.763.6332 or Frankie Maxey at 910.815.5940.
Easter Seals Stroke Support Group
Contact Leslie Todd at 910.815.5658.
Epilepsy Assoc of NC Support Group
Contact Carol Krumpler at 910.350.3501 or 910.256.9266.
Each month, Lower Cape Fear Hospice will host a Caregivers & Coffee session where caregivers can come, share their experiences, encourage each other, learn about valuable resources and receive support. The sessions will be led by hospice staff but will also feature topics selected by the group, including visits from other community organizations. Sessions occur the third Friday of each month from 9-10 a.m. at Phillips LifeCare & Counseling Center, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington. Please contact Chris Scott at 910-796-7927 for more information.
Huntington's Disease Society of America
This group meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 2-3 p.m. at the Northeast Regional Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd, Wilmington. For more information, contact Lisa Boudreau at 910.386.6386.
Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter
Contact the Resource Center at 800.207.6908, or visit www.hospiceandlifecarecenter.org.
Lupus Support Group
This group meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Northeast Regional Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Road, Wilmington. Contact Tammy at 910.685.6555, or at email@example.com.
Multiple Sclerosis Support Group
This group meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the New Hanover Rehabilitation Hospital Conference Room. Contact Lisa Burns at 910.399.7252 or Burt Masters at 910.383.1368, or visit www.nationalMSsociety.org/nct. Affiliated with the Greater Carolinas Chapter, National MS Society. To learn more, download the Wilmington MS Support Group Flyer.
Prostate Cancer Support Group
This group meets the first Thursday each month at 6 p.m. at NHRMC. Contact George Gardner at 910.792.9953.
Thyroid Cancer Support Group
Contact Virginia Coker at 910.270.5137, or visit www.thyca.org/sg/nc_wilmington.htm.