Meetings provide support, counseling, education and latest medical information
MAYWOOD, Ill. â Organ transplantation is a very emotionally demanding, physically challenging medical procedure that no one needs to experience alone. For those feeling overwhelmed, support groups provide opportunities to gain comfort and hope from listening to another patientâs experiences, sharing oneâs own story or getting the latest information from medical professionals. Loyola University Health System, based in Maywood, Ill., offers a variety of free support groups for transplant patients, their families and caregivers as well as live-organ donors and donorsâ families. A social worker, nurse or psychologist leads the groups, which also provide information and practical help. The groups include: Bone Marrow Transplant Caregiver Group â Group meets from 9-10 a.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays in the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center High-Dose Transplant Unit. For more information, call (708) 327-2133. Bone Marrow Transplant Group â Caregivers, relatives and friends of bone marrow transplant patients meet at noon on Fridays in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center. For more information, call (708) 216-4776. Bone Marrow Transplant Patients â Group meets at noon on Fridays in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit in the Cancer Center. For more information, call (708) 216-4776. Lung Transplant Support Group â Group meets at 7 p.m., the third Tuesday of every month, in Room 3284 of the Emergency Medical Service Building at Loyola University Hospital. For more information, call (708) 216-0417. Loyola also offers support groups for other medical conditions, including: Hepatitis C Support Group â Group meets from 6-7 p.m., the third Wednesday of every month, in the third-floor Medical Specialties unit in the Loyola Outpatient Center. For more information, call (708) 216-3438. Stroke Networking Support Group â Group meets at 6 p.m., the third Thursday of January, March, May, July, September and November in Room 1036 in the Physicians Clinic in the Center for Heart and Vascular Medicine at Loyola University Hospital. The group meets to discuss relevant stroke-related topics. For more information, call (708) 216-4044. Burn Support Group â Group meets Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, every week, in the Burn Clinic, Room 1175, at Loyola University Hospital. Many former Loyola burn patients volunteer and are trained to offer one-on-one assistance in providing burn patients support, education and access to resources. For more information, call (708) 216-8739. Links of Hope â Group meets from 6:30-8:30 p.m., the second Tuesday of February, April, June, August, October and December. The group is designed for burn survivors and their families and offers open discussions and social activities. For more information, call (708) 216-8739. Registration is not required for any support group meeting. Refreshments are provided and parking is available. All meetings take place in facilities on the campus of Loyola University Medical Center, 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood, Ill.