Professionally facilitated weekly support groups and monthly networking groups.
Group support provides you opportunities for connection with others who are sharing a similar experience and the comfort in knowing you are not alone. At Gilda’s Club Twin Cities, we currently offer over 18 weekly support groups that are facilitated by licensed mental health professionals.
What makes our groups unique?
- They meet weekly and are ongoing
- They’re focused on circumstance rather than diagnosis or prognosis
- They’re small, typically between 8-10 members
- They’re not “drop in” and require members to go through a process to be placed into a group
- Their members make a commitment to attend as regularly as possible
The following weekly groups are for adults only:
- Living with Cancer For people with any type of cancer, at any stage, who are currently undergoing treatment, living with a chronic cancer or recurrence, or choosing no treatment as an option.
- Young Adults Living with Cancer Young adults, 18-35, living with cancer, in post-treatment or who are survivors.
- Family & Friends Individuals supporting or caring for adult spouses, siblings, a family member or a friend.
- Living with Loss Adults who are grieving the death of an adult child, spouse or partner, parent, sibling or close friend due to cancer.
- Post-treatment Adults who have completed active treatment (surgery, radiation, chemotherapy) and are looking for support as they move forward to life beyond cancer.
- Art therapy For individuals who are seeking an alternative to traditional support groups, our art therapists and graduate interns use art as a means to explore emotion, gain insight and seek creative connection with others.
We also offer some specialty support series throughout the year:
- Meaning-Centered Support Series An eight-week series for individuals living with advanced, metastatic, chronic, or life-limiting cancers to help find and connect to sources of meaning and purpose in life.
- Cancer Transitions A six-week series designed to help cancer survivors make the transition from active treatment to post-treatment care, featuring expert panelists including physicians, nutritionists and fitness experts.
Our monthly networking groups currently include:
- Brain Tumor Networking Group These monthly drop-in meetings are for adult patients and caregivers impacted by brain cancer to learn and share together. Discuss, ask questions, and learn first hand how others manage side effects, symptoms and the day-to-day of cancer. Friends & family members welcome
Outside support organizations hosted at Gilda’s Club
Gilda’s Club hosts outside groups in our clubhouse, such as Young Survival Coalition (YSC), Multiple Myeloma Meetup and the CLL (Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia) Society. These peer-led groups meet at the Gilda’s Clubhouse, but are not run by GCTC. See our calendar for meeting times.
Great! How do I join a support group?
To join a support group, you must first attend a New Member Meeting and create a Customized Membership Plan (CMP). This is a wonderful opportunity to connect one-on-one with a licensed mental health professional, explore which parts of our program are ideal for you and learn about additional resources. While weekly support groups may not be right for all members, many members find they provide essential lifelines and an opportunity to spend time with people who understand.
To schedule a CMP meeting with one of our licensed mental health professionals, call 612.227.2147.
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