Support & Well-Being

 

 

Manchester, NH

We are pleased to be able to offer our patients and their families a variety of support groups and education classes in the Manchester, NH area. Please read the registration directions for each offering carefully. If you have suggestions of classes you would like to see offered, please speak with Mel Pepin, ACS Patient Navigator, or Jane Pinard, Social Worker.

Coping

Brain Injury and Stroke Support Group 

Education and discussion group for individuals with a brain tumor, brain injury, or stroke, as well as their family and friends. Facilitated by Bob Vieira, LICSW. Group held at Catholic Medical Center. For more information and to register, call Bob Vieira, LICSW, at (603) 663-6662.

  • 2nd Tuesday of every month
  • 6:00-7:30 p.m.
I'm a Survivor

This group is geared towards those who have completed or are finishing treatment for cancer. Family members are also welcome. Topics will include: time for celebration, reflection, and discussion about the new you; guest speakers on pertinent topics; and sharing both positive and challenging experiences. Please call Jane Pinard, LICSW, at (603) 629-8683 the day of the group to ensure that the session is being held that day.

  • Last Wednesday of the month
  • 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Living with Cancer 

Education and support for patients, their loved ones, and caregivers facing the daily challenges of living with cancer. Please call Jane Pinard, LICSW, at (603) 629-8683 the day of the group to ensure that the session is being held that day.

  • 2nd Wednesday of the month
  • 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Living with Loss: A Bereavement Group

The purpose of this support group is to promote a healthy grieving process by providing people the opportunity to come together, share their grief, and support each other through the experience of loss.

For more information and to register, call Bob Vieira, LICSW, at (603) 663-6662.

Look Good … Feel Better

For women who are experiencing side effects of treatment for cancer, such as skin changes and hair loss. Class is led by a trained cosmetologist. This free program not only provides each participant with over $200 of new, donated skincare products and cosmetics, it also creates another opportunity for connection between women going through similar experiences. Seating is limited so be sure to register by calling (603) 629-1828. Ask for Linda Nute.

  • Last Tuesday of every month
  • 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Reach to Recovery

If you have breast cancer, you may want to talk to someone who knows what you're feeling—someone who has "been there." The American cancer Society can help through the Reach to Recovery program. Reach to Recovery can match you with a trained volunteer who will talk with you about coping with your breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, and will try to match you with a volunteer who is similar in age and who has had a similar breast cancer experience. This program is free.

For more information or to request to be matched, please contact Mel Pepin, ACS Patient Navigator, (603) 629-1828.

Wig Bank

Are you coping with hair loss from cancer treatment? If so, come to the Wig Bank at Norris Cotton Cancer Center Manchester. The American Cancer Society provides trained volunteers to assist you in finding the wig that makes you feel your best. You will also receive instructions on how to care for your new wig, where to get it trimmed, and scarf-tying tips. All of the wigs are brand new and provided at no charge. An appointment is required. To schedule, or to find a different wig bank location, please call Allyson Foor, ACS Patient Navigator, at (603) 629-8756.

  • Every other Monday
  • 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Comforting
Healing Harpist

We are honored to have De Luna, a healing harpist, play for our patients in the infusion room. She has explored the healing potential of art (music, painting, collage, and more) for 50 years. She became a certified music practitioner to further develop her understanding of this passion. Today, she has played music for hundreds and hundreds of people with the intention of helping them on their healing journey.

  • Wednesdays
  • About 11:30 a.m.
Moving
Thriving with Yoga

For people with a current or past diagnosis of cancer. All fitness levels welcome. Class includes gentle yoga movements (asana), breathing exercises (pranayama,) and deep relaxation to enliven, nourish, and build our resilient selves. Preregistration and medical form required. For more information, or to register, please call (603) 670-0302.

  • Thursdays
  • 6:30-8:00 p.m.
CMC Oncology Exercise Program

The Wellness Center at CMC offers a safe environment with trained exercise physiologists and nurses. The program consists of two days per week of exercise (aerobic and circuit training) and one evening per week of yoga. This program is offered to all cancer patients undergoing treatment. Requires physician referral.

For additional information, dates, and times, please call (603) 663-8000.

Oncology Exercise Programs

Please call Mel Pepin, ACS Patient Navigator, at (603) 629-1828 for information about oncology exercise programs for cancer survivors off treatment.