Support groups offer a place where we can be ourselves, where we don’t need to censor what we say. We can laugh, cry, mope, celebrate, use black humor, rail about the stupid comments we’ve heard, and find relief in the universality of our experiences. With our burdens lifted, we can go back to our families and friends and work and lives able to handle the difficult reality with equanimity.
All participants sign a confidentiality agreement and are asked to keep the conversations private. We can talk about ideas outside of the group, but not about people.
Before joining a group, each participant needs to talk with the facilitator to discuss whether the group will fit your needs. Then you can come when you want to come or need to come, a couple of weeks, a couple of months, once in awhile, just when you’re receiving chemo or recovering from surgery or radiation or when you’re anxious about an upcoming scan or blood test or doctor’s appointment. Some people wait until after they have completed treatment before joining a group, when they feel vulnerable no longer being under the watchful eye of their doctors. Call 413-586-1642 to confirm time and place of all meetings.
Living with Advanced Cancer
Thursday evening monthly - call for dates
A support group for individuals whose treatment options will slow the progress of their disease but neither cure them nor offer them remissions, facilitated by Paula Murphy, LICSW and Betsy Neisner.
All Cancers (for people diagnosed with any type of cancer) - Northampton and Amherst groups
Northampton group - Tuesday evening
This group is facilitated by Deborah Burkhalter, LICSW.
Amherst group - Monday midday
This group is facilitated by Pierre Zimmerman, MA.
Tuesday late afternoon twice monthly*
This support group is facilitated by Judy Swanson, LICSW
*The breast cancer group generally meets on the second and fourth Tuesday afternoons. The breast cancer group will offer special "reconnection sessions" for current group members to join with those who have participated in the breast cancer group in the past. These groups will meet on January 31 and April 18. Please call Cancer Connection to let us know you plan to attend.
Caregivers & Families
Thursday evening twice monthly
A support group for families and caregivers of people with cancer, facilitated by Vivien Weiss, LMHC.
Health & Vitality Group
Monday evening twice monthly
A group designed to help each of us open more fully to our wholeness, our health and our vitality. With respect for each member’s individual path, we consider diet, exercise, stress reduction, emotional balance & spirituality.
This group is led by Linda Tumbarello, LMHC
Men Living with Cancer
This group is facilitated by Ron Freshley, LICSW.
Ovarian & Gynecological
This group is led by Vivien Weiss, LMHC.