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Support Groups

The IMF is often asked by patients if we know of support groups in their areas where they can meet others dealing with myeloma. There is a worldwide network of more than 150 myeloma support groups that hold regular meetings for members of the myeloma community.

Although the IMF does not sponsor these groups, we support their efforts and conduct annual summits for myeloma support group leaders. We encourage you to seek them out. Use the menu below for a list of the groups that we are aware of in your area.

Canada : Ontario

Cobourg
Our mission is to provide local support, information, and advocacy in a confidential and caring environment while supporting the objectives of Myeloma Canada. Meetings are held every two months. For more information, contact Leslie Weatherby Email: lweatherby@xplornet.ca

Halton-Peel and Area Myeloma Support Group

We are a community-based group for people affected by myeloma serving the Halton-Peel and area region. Our mission is to provide local support, information, and advocacy in a confidential and caring environment while supporting the objectives of Myeloma Canada.

2015 SUPPORT GROUP MEETING SCHEDULE
Saturday February 7, 10 am – 12 noon – Wellspring drop-in meeting
Saturday March 7, 10 am – 12 noon - Wellspring guest presenter
Saturday April 18, 10 am – 12 noon – Wellspring guest presenter
Saturday May 30, 10 am – 12 noon – Wellspring guest presenter
Saturday July 11, 10 am – 12 noon – Wellspring drop-in meeting
Saturday September 26, 11 am – 2 pm – Off site – lunch social, place TBD
Saturday October 24, 10 am – 12 noon - Wellspring guest presenter
Saturday November 21, 10 am – 12 noon - Wellspring guest presenter
Saturday December 5, 11 am – 1 pm - Wellspring Christmas lunch social

LOCATION: Wellspring Birmingham-Gilgan House (Halton-Peel)
2545 Sixth Line, Oakville ON
Wellspring: 905-257-1988
www.wellspring.ca

For more information, contact:
Norma Lindner, 905-336-0171
Email: myelomahaltonpeel@gmail.com
Gord Ross, 905-319-5014
Email: haltonmakesmyelomamatter@gmail.com

HPAMSG Website: www.myelomahaltonpeel.org
Visit the Halton-Peel and Area Myeloma Support Group website for information on upcoming events

Facebook: www.facebook.com/myelomahaltonpeel
Twitter: is #myelomahpacares

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London and District

Objectives:
We provide:
• information about Myeloma including available treatment options
• opportunities for Myeloma patients and caregivers to share personal experiences and information
• help to patients and caregivers so they can become better advocates of their own healthcare

Currently scheduled meetings / events:

Group meetings
1:30 pm- 4:30 pm St. Jude's Anglican Church, London, ON
• Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
• Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
• Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
• Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
• Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
MYELOMA AWARENESS DAYS?10:00 am - 2:00 pm, London Regional Cancer Program, London, ON
• Wednesday, March 11, 2015
• Wednesday, April 22, 2015
• Wednesday, June 3, 2015
• Wednesday, July 15, 2015
• Wednesday, August 26, 2015
• Wednesday, October 7, 2015
• Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Please check the website calendar for details of all upcoming events and locations.

Website: www.myelomalondon.ca
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/109153742480566/

For more information, please contact:
Ev McDowell : (519) 641-2766; evmcdowell@hotmail.com
Nancy McIntosh : (519) 666-2205; n.mcintosh@sympatico.ca
Jeff Parton (519) 471-6653; metrovick@rogers.com

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Ottawa-Gatineau

The Multiple Myeloma Support Group of Ottawa is a patient-managed and patient-centered group that provides information to newly diagnosed patients as well as a circle of mutual support from those who are further along in their journey with myeloma. From patients, caregivers, family and friends we learn how to live with this disease.

The purpose of the group is to break isolation, provide mutual support and share information.

The support group meets at 6:45 on the following dates:
• December 2, 2014
• January 6, 2015 “How can alternative medicine complement our treatment?” Guest speaker : Dr. Dugald Seeley, Founder and Executive Director, Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre
• February 3, 2015 "How to advocate for better care for ourselves"?Guest Speaker: Bill Demspter, 3sixty Public Affairs
• March 3, 2015
• April 7, 2015
• May 5, 2015
• June 2, 2015

Location:
Maplesoft Centre
1500 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa, ON
Corner of Alta Vista Drive and Industrial Avenue, in Cancer Survivors Park
(Across from Canada Post on Riverside Drive)

For further information please contact:
André Potworowski Phone: (613) 721-9090
Email: andre@potwor.com
Robin Sully Phone: (613) 622-5461
Email: maplecrest2553@xplornet.ca


Toronto and District

The Toronto & District Multiple Myeloma Support Group is composed of multiple myeloma survivors and their primary caregivers and grew out of a need for information and mutual support in dealing with this unusual disease. We have members from across the Greater Toronto area. We invite you to join us as we share support, comfort, information and friendship.

The purpose of the group is to explore and discuss the wide range of treatment options and to give myeloma survivors and their loved ones the support and information they need to live longer, stronger lives. In recent years there have been improvements in treatments. We have guest speakers to help educate and increase understanding of topics such as clinical trials, new treatments and coping strategies.

In 2015, the group meets from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm on the following dates:

  1. February 7, 2015
  2. April 11, 2015
  3. June 6, 2015
  4. August 8, 2015
  5. October 3, 2015
  6. December 5, 2015

The meeting location is the Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Drive, North York, Ontario. Please enter the church by the north door.

How to Get There:

Driving: Take the Don Valley Parkway (north or south,) exit east on Lawrence Ave. East. Turn north (left) at the first intersection, which is Underhill Drive and continue north two blocks to the church on the left hand side. There is ample free parking available.
Public Transportation: Take the Lawrence Ave. East bus (Route #54) from the Yonge and Eglinton subway station. Exit the bus at Underhill Drive and walk two blocks north to the church. Or take the Woodbine 91C bus from the Woodbine Station on the Bloor-Danforth subway line. This bus goes up Underhill Drive past the church.
Each Meeting has a three part agenda.
• First, there is usually a guest speaker invited to address different aspects of care and treatment options and answer questions from the group.
• Second, we have a brief break with refreshments and informal networking.
• Third, Time permitting, we continue with a discussion group and cover topics of individual interest.
Educational material on myeloma and treatment options, group newsletters and DVD’s are available at each meeting for attendees.

For more information contact:
Donald Hunter: 416-759-6348; donaldrhunter@sympatico.ca
Mike Kacsor: 416-260-1915; kacsor.patkau@sympatico.ca
David McMullen: 905-648-5146; davidanderika.mcmullen@sympatico.com
Support Group website: www.myelomatoronto.ca

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Windsor

The Multiple Myeloma Support Group of Windsor & District is a patient-managed and patient-centred group comprised of Myeloma & MGUS patients, newly diagnosed patients, caregivers, as well as a circle of mutual support from those who are further along in their journey with myeloma. Together as patients, caregivers, family and friends we learn how to live with the disease.

The purpose of the group is to break isolation, provide mutual support and share information.

If multiple myeloma is affecting your life, you do not have to feel alone. There are others in the Windsor area making the same journey.

We invite you to join us as we share support, comfort, information and friendship. The journey is made easier by the company we keep.

Meetings are held the first Saturday of every other month from 2:00pm - 4:00pm.

Location:
Hospice of Windsor & Essex County
6038 Empress Street (off Jefferson)
Windsor, ON N8T 1B5

For additional information please contact: Joanne Cartlidge (519) 326-1271