Support Groups

All in-person support groups are currently postponed until further notice.

WVU Medicine support groups, listed below by topic, are free and open to the public.

Cancer

Expression Through Art
This art therapy group is open to people of all diagnoses and led by WVU Medicine clinical therapist Laurel Faulkenberry.

When: Second Friday of each month from 10 – 11 am
Where: Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, 3A conference room, third floor
Contact: Brittany Barlow at 598-4000 ext. 79470

Head and Neck Cancer Support Group
This group provides information and support to those newly diagnosed, undergoing treatment, or recovering from treatment for head and neck cancer. Patients, family members, caregivers, and friends are encouraged to attend.

When: First Thursday of each month, 3 – 4 pm; third Thursday of each month, 10 – 11 am
Where: Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center conference room, ground floor
Contact: Jessica Ford at 304-598-4978

Living Beyond Cancer Support Group
This group is a free, closed membership forum that provides online support and information for cancer patients, survivors, and their caregivers who cannot attend a traditional support group and/or who may be more comfortable sharing online.

To join, visit http://bit.ly/beyondcancer.

Post-Transplant Group
This group is open to anyone who has received a stem cell, bone marrow, or cord transplant. Light refreshments are served.

When: Third Friday of each month, 10:30 am – noon
Where: Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center board room, second floor
Contact: Jennifer Craddock at 304-598-4564 or Melanie Douglass at 304-598-6799

Survivors Club
Patients with any cancer diagnosis and their caregivers are welcome in this social and supportive group. Dinner is provided.

When: Second Wednesday of each month, 6 – 7:30 pm
Where: Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center conference room, ground floor
Contact: 304-598-4500, ask to speak with a social worker

Caregiving

Caregivers Support Group
This group is an open forum for all caregivers, especially those caregivers who are staying in the Morgantown area to be with a patient who’s receiving extended treatment.

When: First and third Mondays of the month, 4 – 5 pm
Where: Rosenbaum Family House
Contact: Jennifer Craddock at 304-598-4564

Diabetes

Diabetes Education Center Support Group
This group provides a comfortable forum for adults living with diabetes to share their personal experiences and find peer support.

When: Second Thursday of each month, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Where: WVU Medicine University Town Centre conference room 1A, 1B, or 4 – call for specific location
Contact: 304-598-4391

#T1 Mountaineers
This is a support group for people 18 years and older dealing with the challenges of managing type 1 diabetes. For times, locations, and details, contact Emily Smaniotto, RN, BSN, at 304-598-4391, ext. 5, or smaniottoe@wvumedicine.org.

Heart

WVU Heart and Vascular Institute Heart Failure Support Group
Heart failure survivors and their caregivers will receive peer support and educational information at this monthly virtual support group that meets on the third Friday of each month at noon. Use this link to join the meeting or this access code 1807680285 and password WZhBi8Pp. To join the meeting by phone, call +1-415-655-0001 and use the access code 1807680285#.

WVU Heart and Vascular Institute Heart Failure Facebook Support Group
This private Facebook group is a resource where patients diagnosed with heart failure can connect with others while learning about their condition and its management. To join the group, visit www.facebook.com/groups/wvuheartfailure. For details, contact Debra Hairston at (304) 285-7900 or email debra.hairston2@wvumedicine.org.

Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group
This group provides peer support for people with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers. Offered by the WVU Medicine Movement Disorders Center and Encompass Health, this open discussion will keep you up-to-date on the latest research, treatment methods, and general advice about living with Parkinson’s disease.

When: Fourth Thursday of each month, 2 pm
Where: Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Morgantown
Contact: Cheryl at cheryl.brandmeir@hsc.wvu.edu or 304-293-1642

Stroke

Stroke Survivors Support Group
This group helps stroke survivors develop a community around their shared experiences. Experts in neurology, physical therapy, and other specialties come to educate the group about research, treatments, and ways to adapt to everyday life after a stroke. If you are unable to attend the group in person, contact us about remote participation via computer or smartphone.

When: First Wednesday of every month, 5:30 – 7 pm
Where: J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital conference rooms 3A/3B, fourth floor
Contact: Contact Angela J. Schaffer at 304-293-1795 or schaffera@wvumedicine.org

Trauma

Mountaineer Trauma Support Group
This group provides an open forum for adult survivors of traumatic injuries to find peer support.

When: Third Thursday of each month at 6 pm via Zoom meeting
Contact: Email mountaineertraumasupport@wvumedicine.org for a meeting invite.

Weight Loss

Bariatric Weight Loss Support Group
Pre-surgery and post-surgery patients discuss concerns, successes, and learn strategies to keep off the weight at this monthly support group.

When: View the support group schedule for monthly meetings, 6-7 pm
Where: John Jones Conference Center, WVU Health Sciences Center
Contact: 304-293-1728

WVU Medicine Bariatric Surgery Facebook Group
This private Facebook group is for anyone interested in weight-loss surgery, going through the process of preparing for surgery, and former patients. To join the group, visit www.facebook.com/groups/wvuweightloss.