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Support Groups

Support groups at Rex are an excellent complement to medical care. They provide education and foster emotions that positively influence the fight against illness.

Bariatric Support Groups

Preparing for Bariatric Surgery (for Pre-Op patients scheduled for surgery at Rex)

Are you scheduled for bariatric surgery at Rex? Are you prepared for your surgery? Let us answer your questions during this free session. We'll prepare you for your weight loss surgery and discuss what will happen the day of your procedure. In addition, we'll explain the details of your hospital stay and provide a tour of the facilities where you will be staying following your surgery. To register, fill out the form at www.rexhealth.com/bariatric-support or call: (919) 784-SLIM (7546).

Who:  Open to patients scheduled for bariatric surgery at Rex Hospital (main campus)
When:  4th Tuesday of every month
Time:  9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Location:  Rex Hospital - Classroom 100C, 4420 Lake Boone Trail, Raleigh, NC (Women's Center Entrance)
Note: This is not an informational seminar.

Our Journey: Rex Surgical Weight Loss Support Group (for Pre-Op or Post-Op patients)

Join us every second Wednesday of the month at Rex Hospital to meet other patients, learn from expert speakers and ask questions about your weight loss journey. Sessions are free and open to all bariatric surgery patients and are intended to supplement programs offered by your physician's office. To register, fill out the form at www.rexhealth.com/bariatric-support or call: (919) 784-SLIM (7546).

Who:  Open to patients who have undergone bariatric surgery at Rex Hospital (main campus)
When:  2nd Wednesday of every month
Time:  10 a.m. - 11 a.m.  (Classroom 100B)
             6 p.m. - 7 p.m.  (Women's and Children's Conference Room)
Location:  Rex Women's Center, 4420 Lake Boone Trail, Raleigh, NC
Note: There will be no Our Journey Support Group meetings in November and Decemeber. Meetings will resume in 2013.

Better Breather's Club

This group provides information and resources for individuals living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease by teaching ways to live better with lung disease. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month from 1:30 - 3 p.m. at the Rex Wellness Center of Raleigh. For more information, call (919) 784-1380.

Cancer Support Groups

kidscan!

This program offers a safe, nurturing place for children and families to discuss concerns and develop coping strategies through planned activities. Kidscan! is designed for families with children ages six to 18 years of age who have a parent or adult caregiver diagnosed with cancer. This group is co-facilitated by clinical professionals. Registration required.

Usually Third Monday of every month

Rex Cancer Center
4420 Lake Boone Trail • Raleigh, NC 27607
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

For more information, please contact Kimberly Fradel, LCSW, OSW-C at (919) 784-6863 or kimberly.fradel@unchealth.unc.edu

Sharing Hope

A Support Group for People Living with Metastatic or Recurrent Cancer

Sharing Hope is a support group for those who are currently getting treatment, have had a recurrence or are dealing with metastatic disease. It is an opportunity to listen and support one another and to come together with others who know what it's like to have cancer.

First and Third Wednesday of every month

Rex Cancer Center
4420 Lake Boone Trail • Raleigh, NC 27607
10:30 a.m. - noon

For more information, please contact Kimberly Fradel, LCSW, OSW-C at (919) 784-6863 or kimberly.fradel@unchealth.unc.edu

Crohn's and Colitis Support Group (Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America- CCFA)

This group meets monthly to provide information and support to individuals with with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis and their caregivers. Meetings are held on the third Monday of each month from 7:30 - 9 p.m. at the Rex Hospital Surgical Waiting Room. For more information, call (919) 782-0625.
 

Mended Hearts, Raleigh Chapter

This national cardiovascular group affiliated with the American Heart Association offers help, encouragement and support to heart patients and their families. Mended Hearts meets the third Monday of each month from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the Rex Wellness Center of Raleigh. Call (919) 784-3756 or visit the Rex Mended Hearts page for more information.
 

Raleigh Arthritis/FM/CFIDS Support Group

This group is for adults with any of the more than 100 types of of arthritis including fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. The group meets the second Monday of each month in the Rex Hospital Cancer Center auditorium. Each meeting features a guest speaker. Family and friends are also welcome to join group participants. For information, call (919) 871-0651 or (919) 782-6784.
 

Triangle Ostomy Association

The Triangle Ostomy Association, serving the ostomy and J-pouch community, is a support group for people who have had or will have ostomy surgery (colostomy, ileostomy, urostomy or ileoanal pouch procedures) and their families, offering mutual aid and moral support from those who have experienced this type of surgery. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month, except July and August, at 7:30 p.m. in the surgical waiting room just off the main entrance at Rex Hospital. Contact us at (919) 784-2048 or (919) 477-8363 for more information.