Support Group Meetings
When? Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 7 pm to 9 pm unless otherwise announced. All meetings are announced in the Monday Health section of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and are also available online.
Where? Meetings are held in the Education Center of St Mary’s Hospital, 5801 Bremo Road, in Richmond, VA 23226. The Education Center is located down the hall from the cafeteria on the main lobby level of the hospital. Please check the posted schedule at the entrance of the Education Center for the meeting room number. If you can not attend in person, please call in at 877-216-1555 code 1013480 to participate
Understanding, Support and Encouragement
Attending a support group gives survivors and their loved ones a chance to meet others who are dealing with a brain tumor in their life. Understanding and insight from others with similar experiences gives a sense of not being alone with your fear, confusion, anger, and hope. Feeling comfortable enough to discuss your brain tumor openly can provide tremendous relief and a chance to help others as well.
Privacy and Confidentiality
There is never any pressure to talk or share before you feel ready. Personal information shared in the group remains in the group.
Presentations from medical professionals provide the support group with vital information and a chance to ask questions in a relaxed atmosphere. Speakers from health related fields offer a sense of balance to how we view our health care options. Some recent topics from guest speakers include: neurosurgery, radiation oncology, acupuncture, physical therapy, speech pathology, neuropathology, nutrition, and yoga.
Outings and Events
We get together just for fun at our annual Holiday Party. Other past special events have included trips to sporting events such as VCU basketball and the Richmond Flying Squirrels.
Attendance is your decision – feel free to come to every meeting, or as time, health and interest allow. There is no official membership for the group and no membership fees. For email updates, please submit your contact information by clicking on Contact Us. When attending the support group, please keep all groups sharing confidential, and be considerate of the needs of others to share their thoughts and feelings.