Metastatic (Stage IV) Breast Cancer Support Group in Northeastern Massachusetts.
We welcome you to join our patient support group in Wilmington, MA. Since 2010, Hope & Friendship has offered a warm, caring and confidential support group for those who are facing a diagnosis of Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer. Feel at home in our casual environment with music, candles and comforting cups of tea. You can share your story or simply listen to others – you are not alone!
Our meetings offer a variety of activities and conversation topics. We practice relaxation techniques and share resources from the foundation’s growing library of books, DVDs and other media. We learn how to integrate exercise and healthier eating into our treatment and follow-up care, and we explore the role of spirituality in illness. Sometimes, there are guest leaders like art and music therapists, meditation guides and gentle yoga practitioners.
Overwhelmingly, our participants report that the experience provides:
- decreased feelings of anxiety, fear and isolation;
- better coping skills for managing a cancer diagnosis and its impact on daily life;
- improved relationships with family members and friends;
- increased knowledge about breast cancer, including the latest treatments, clinical trials and related side effects;
- new friendships and opportunities to relax, laugh, cry and play in a safe and supportive environment; and
- hope for the future.
Meetings are held every other Thursday morning, 10am-1130am.
The group is FREE and ALL are welcome.
To register, or to learn more, click here.
Support Group Facilitator
Melissa Audier, MSW, LICSW, is a social worker and has been working as a therapist for over 20 years. She has worked extensively with adults and couples, as well as children and families. An aspect of Melissa’s work that she really enjoys is exploring the strong connection between mind and body.
“I really like the support group meetings because they are my time to deal with my illness and then I let it rest for the two weeks in between and enjoy each day to the fullest.”
“It was great to find a local support group for metastatic patients.”
“I often find myself having a good chuckle at the meetings. The comradere was just what I was looking for.”
“The group facilitator is really special and provides us with the guidance and support that we need.”
“I love not feeling so alone with this diagnosis and having a chance to talk to friends who really understand.”