2006-02-03 / Community

Diabetes Support Group To Meet

Peninsula Hospital Center, the American Cancer Society and the Arverne Cancer Support have joined together as the Rockaway Cancer Support Group. The group hosted their inaugural meeting on January 12, 2006 and opened their doors to many cancer patients, family members and friends who came to support their loved ones during their time of need.

The second meeting of the Rockaway Cancer Support Group will be held on Thursday, February 9, at 6:00 p.m. in the Meditation Room of the Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation, located adjacent to the Hospital Center at 51-15 Beach Channel Drive.

The presentation on Feb. 9 will be “What is Cancer?”

People diagnosed with cancer and their families face many challenges that may leave them feeling overwhelmed, afraid, and alone. It can be difficult to cope with these challenges or to talk to even the most supportive family members and friends. Often, support groups can help people affected by cancer feel less alone and can improve their ability to deal with the uncertainties and challenges that cancer brings. Support groups give people who are affected by similar diseases an opportunity to meet and discuss ways to cope with the illness.

Cancer patients sometimes find they need assistance coping with the emotional as well as the practical aspects of their disease. In fact, attention to the emotional burden of cancer is sometimes part of a patient’s treatment plan. Cancer support groups are designed to provide a confidential atmosphere where cancer patients or cancer survivors can discuss the challenges that accompany the illness with others who may have experienced the same challenges. For example, people gather to discuss the emotional needs created by cancer, to exchange information about their disease—including practical problems such as managing side effects, or returning to work after treatment, and to share their feelings. Support groups have helped thousands of people cope with these and similar situations.

Family and friends are affected when cancer touches someone they love, and they may need help in dealing with stresses such as family disruptions, financial worries, and changing roles within relationships. To help meet these needs, some support groups are designed just for family members of people diagnosed with cancer; other groups encourage families and friends to participate along with the cancer patient or cancer survivor.

The Rockaway Cancer Support Group is for patients living with cancer, their families, friends, caregivers, or survivors. All are encouraged to come and join the group for friendship, information sharing, encouragement and support.

The Peninsula Hospital Diabetes Support Group will continue to meet the second Monday of each month at 10:00 am in the Meditation Room at Peninsula Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation, located adjacent to the Hospital Center at 51-15 Beach Channel Drive, Far Rockaway, New York. Presentations include nutrition and management of diabetes.

The Stroke Support Group at the Hospital Center is set to meet on the last Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the Traumatic Brain Injury Unit on the 2nd floor. Stroke victims, their families and caregivers are encouraged to attend.

Future meetings of the Rockaway Cancer Support Group will take place at on the second Thursday of each month in the Meditation Room at Peninsula Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation, located at 51-15 Beach Channel Drive.

Times of the meetings will vary from month to month to make allowances for the schedules of those interested in attending. For meeting times and additional information, please call the office of External Affairs and Development at 718-734-2506/2507.

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