Support Groups

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

Cancer

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.

Survivors Club
Patients with any cancer diagnosis and their caregivers are welcome in this social and supportive group that is offered both in person and online. Masks are required in person, and no food will be served.

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.