Maury Regional Health offers free support groups for southern Middle Tennessee community


COLUMBIA, Tenn. — As the new year begins, Maury Regional Health (MRH) is offering several support groups to assist the southern Middle Tennessee region with starting 2019 on an encouraging note. The support groups are offered free of charge for all who wish to participate.

Support groups allow participants to meet others with similar life experiences and to share their personal feelings and coping strategies, while also hearing from medical professionals and guest speakers. They are informal opportunities to talk and to listen.

“There is incredible value in being able to talk with other individuals who have gone through — or are currently going through — similar experiences,” said CEO Alan Watson. “Maury Regional Health is committed to providing exemplary care in all aspects of our services, including prioritizing an important truth: you have a network of support around you every step of the way.”

MRH offers support groups specific to breast cancer, cancer, celiac, diabetes, grief, ostomy, stroke and surgical weight loss. Sessions of each support group will take place on a monthly or quarterly basis throughout 2019.

“When someone comes to a support group, they will find people who listen and who help normalize what they’re feeling,” said Lyndall Propst, chaplain for MRMC and leader of the Grief Support Groups. “We come alongside people with similar experiences to share common feelings and to provide a framework for moving forward. We share tools that may assist, support and encourage. The groups are safe places for people to be heard.”

The Cancer Support Group brings together those who have been impacted by cancer, including those who have been newly diagnosed, who are undergoing treatment and who are survivors. Family members and friends are also invited to attend. During the meetings, attendees discuss the challenges, frustrations, fears and feelings associated with cancer. Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the Cancer Center Resource Room.

A Breast Cancer Support Group is also offered to connect breast cancer survivors with guest speakers and clinical professionals to discuss a variety of topics, such as breast cancer treatment, hormone therapies and available support services. Attendees range from long-term survivors to newly diagnosed individuals as well as their loved ones. The group meets on the third Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Maury Regional Women’s Center, which is located in the Pavilion on the MRMC campus.

The Celiac Support Group is designed for individuals living with celiac disease, an autoimmune disease in which the small intestine is damaged from eating gluten, or for anyone who may have gluten intolerance. In addition to allowing attendees to discuss and share their experiences, the meetings feature important information about maintaining a gluten-free diet. Meetings are held on a quarterly basis at 5 p.m. at MRMC — specifically in the months of January, April, July and October.

The Diabetes Education Group focuses on a wide variety of topics relevant to individuals with diabetes, such as controlling blood sugar, the impact of diabetes on the vascular system and much more. The meeting is open to those with diabetes and family members. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month at 11 a.m. at the MRMC Annex.

Two different Grief Support Groups are offered by MRH, including one in MRMC’s chapel on the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. and one at Marshall Medical Center on the fourth Thursday of each month at noon. The objective of both groups is to help those dealing with grief find healthy ways to cope with their pain.

The Surgical Weight Loss Support Group is intended for persons preparing for or who have undergone weight loss (bariatric) surgery. Meetings are led by a registered nurse and feature information about diet management, exercise, lifestyle choices and other topics designed to help participants achieve and maintain their goals. Meetings take place the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. on the MRMC campus in the Medical Office Building’s conference room.

The Ostomy Support Group is for individuals with ileostomy, colostomy or urostomy. The group meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. at MRMC. Family members and friends are also invited to attend.

The Stroke Support Group is for those who have survived a stroke as well as their families, caregivers and friends. It is a time of fellowship with other survivors and caregivers going through similar circumstances. It is an opportunity to learn about resources and to be with a group of people who understand. Meetings take place on the fourth Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Maury Regional Annex.

Visit Maury Regional Health’s classes and events calendar for additional information about dates, times and locations.

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