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Support Groups

Hall-Perrine Cancer Center Support Group

For patients and survivors

Under the guidance of an experienced cancer support group leader, this safe and confidential adult support groups offers patients and survivors, regardless of cancer type, to join together to listen, learn and lift each other up through the strong network of support that can only come from those who understand what it’s like to battle cancer.

For your convenience, the patient/survivor and caregiver support groups will meet at the same time in adjoining rooms.  

For more information, contact Peggi Weston-Kolarik at (319) 221-8405 or pkolarik@mercycare.org.

Date/Time:
First and third Tuesday evenings of each month from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Location:
Hall-Perrine Cancer Center – Community Room

Hall-Perrine Cancer Center Support Group

For caregivers

As difficult as the journey is for cancer patients, it can also be difficult for their loved ones. This adult support group brings caregivers together as an outlet to listen, learn and build friendships.

For your convenience, the patient/survivor and caregiver support groups will meet at the same time in adjoining rooms.

For more information, contact Peggi Weston-Kolarik at (319) 221-8405 or pkolarik@mercycare.org.

Date/Time:
First and third Tuesday evenings of each month from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Location:
Hall-Perrine Cancer Center – Community Room

Thyroid Cancer Support Group

For thyroid patients and caregivers

For more information, call Jamie at (319) 481-2563 or email cedarrapids-ia@thyca.org

Date/Time:
Fourth Tuesday of every month from 6:30 to 7:30 pm

Location:  
Hall-Perrine Community Room

Multiple Myeloma Support Group

For multiple myeloma cancer patients and caregivers. Refreshments provided.

For more information, please contact: Inez Lensch at
CedarRapids@IMFSupport.org or (319) 298-9347.

Date/Time:
Second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

Location:    
Hall-Perrine Cancer Center Community Room

Hall-Perrine Cancer Center Prayer Group

Heal your spirit through prayer! Open to all religious beliefs.

Date/Time:
Every Monday at 10:30 a.m.

Location:  
Small Stones Reflection Room at Hall-Perrine Cancer Center

Together We Care

Together We Care is a support group for children ages 6-12 who have a loved one experiencing cancer. This three-week session offers a structured and supportive environment where children learn coping skills and  self-care strategies, as well as connect with other children who are experiencing a similar life-altering event. Sessions 1 & 2 are just for kids; Session 3 is for kids and their family members. For more information or to register, call Mackenzie Glenn, BS, CCLS, at (319) 369-4466 or mglenn@mercycare.org.

Date/Time:
For information about date and time, please call (319) 365-HOPE.

Location:    
Hall-Perrine Cancer Center

Gems of Hope

More Information: www.gemsofhope.com

Gems of Hope Inc. is a non-profit organization that offers gifts of jewelry mounted on inspirational cards to cancer patients. The patients are invited, along with family and friends, to attend workshops to create these works of art for others. Gems of Hope provides unique opportunities for patients to connect with others. Exposure to inspirational quotes and access to a resource library become the true gems that patients can carry through their treatment and beyond.

Cancerreallysucks.org

More Information: www.cancerreallysucks.org

Cancer Really Sucks is a website designed for teenagers by teenagers who have loved ones facing cancer. This could be family members or friends diagnosed with cancer. With a mission to help teens deal with questions and emotions of cancer, the Cancer Really Sucks website provides strategies to cope. Teens are able to post stories about their situations & questions on the Message Board link, speak with other teens through a monthly live chat and find strategies to cope under the "How to Deal" link.

What About Us?

More Information: (319) 393-9681

What About Us? is a free program that meets for a half day on a Saturday. The children’s group is facilitated by social workers with special training in cancer counseling. The children participate in activities and projects designed to help them understand and express their feelings. At the end of each session, the children participate in yoga giving the social workers the opportunity to meet with the parents.

The Mercy Cancer Hope Line

If you need information on cancer or have questions, call the Mercy Cancer Hope Line at (319) 365-HOPE (4673) or 1-800-642-6329 and talk to one of our knowledgeable Nurse Navigators. This service is free, and is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Courageous Stories

Krista with her daughter

When 35-year-old Krista Barnell discovered a lump in her breast during a self-exam, she initially wrote it off. The healthy mother of two never imagined it was cancer. Read more on page 14 or watch her story on YouTube.

To discuss treatments call (319) 365-HOPE (4673)