December 14, 2012

MRMC launches Coping with Cancer support group

COLUMBIA, Tenn.—Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) will begin a new support group for cancer patients on January 21. Coping with Cancer will meet on Mondays from 4-5:00 p.m. for a period of six weeks at the MRMC Cancer Center at Columbia Mall in the Cancer Resource Center.

The mission of the group is to support those who are diagnosed with cancer and to provide them with an opportunity to share their frustrations, fears and feelings.

“Our hope is to create an encouraging environment so that patients will feel supported and better able to cope with the difficulties associated with a diagnosis of cancer,” said Emily McKnight, the counselor who will facilitate the meetings. “To respect the confidentiality of members and to provide a more intimate setting, we are limiting the group to no more than 10 individuals.”

McKnight, a life-long resident of Maury County, has a master’s degree in counseling and human development from Vanderbilt University. Her experience includes counseling in the areas of grief, caregiver support and divorce.

Director of Infusion and Women’s Imaging Dana Salters, stated, “Maury Regional is proud to be able to offer this new free service to those who have been diagnosed with cancer. There is a tremendous range of emotions that come with being told you have cancer. Many patients benefit greatly from being able to share what they are going through with others and hear from other patients about how they have coped with similar challenges. It creates a bond and a support system like nothing else I have ever seen.”


To register for the support group, call 931.490.7192.