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Community Education & Support

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Learn more about the support groups at Blount Memorial by checking this month’s community calendar, or by using the links below.

Adult Grief Support: The staff of Blount Memorial Hospice and Palliative Care leads free grief support groups for people who have experienced the death of a love one. This group provides educational, emotional and spiritual support for adults suffering the loss of a loved one. Offered as a six-week series, participants are encouraged to attend all six sessions. The groups meet in the Home Services and Hospice Building at 1095 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, in Maryville. For more information, call 865-977-5702.

Better Breathers Support Group: This support group meets on the fourth Thursday of each month and addresses issues for those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. For more information, call 865-977-4739. Blount Memorial Medical Fitness Center classroom, 2-east

Cancer Care: Managing Your Cancer: This informative class is designed to teach newly diagnosed cancer patients and their families or caregivers about managing their cancer with a special focus on chemotherapy administration and its side effects. The class meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 1-4 p.m. and participants can choose which Tuesday to attend. The class meets at Blount Memorial Hospital in the 5-east classroom.

Caregiver Support Group: Participants in this small group all have their status as caregivers in common. They gather weekly to take a break while sharing their strengths, hopes and experiences. Newcomers always are welcome. A professional from Blount Memorial Senior Services facilitates the free sessions, which are from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesdays on the hospital's 3-east floor. Participants attend the free meetings as they choose and are able. Call Blount Memorial Senior Services at 865-977-5744 for more information.

Compassionate Friends Foothills Chapter: The Compassionate Friends Foothills Chapter is a free support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child at any age and from any cause. The group meets on the fourth Monday of each month from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Blount Memorial Hospital auditorium. For more information, call 865-984-4223.

LifeStories: This support group helps patients and survivors preserve their journey with cancer through a monthly art therapy program. Each patient or survivor can create a unique project with his/her photos, mementos and words. All supplies are furnished. The group meets the third Monday of each month from 9 a.m. 1 p.m. in the Blount Memorial Cancer Center conference room 2, on the centers second floor. For more information or to register, call 865-977-5534.

Look Good, Feel Better: The American Cancer Society's Look Good, Feel Better program is a free, national public service program dedicated to teaching female cancer patients the techniques to help restore their appearance and self-image and how to deal with the sociological side effects experienced during cancer treatment. Participants are given a kit with up to $200 worth of cosmetic products donated by various cosmetic companies. The group meets the first Monday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon in the new Blount Memorial Cancer Center’s radiation oncology conference room on the center's first floor. Registrations is required and can be made by calling 865-980-4939.

Parents of Adult Children Support Group: This is a support group for parents designed to help set limits and create opportunities for independence for their adult children. The members meet the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Blount Memorial Hospital auditorium. For more information, call 865-984-4223.

Stroke Survivors Support Group: This group provides support to stroke victims and their families. The free group meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook conference room. For more information, call 865-980-7140. Reservations are not necessary.

Survivors of Suicide: Survivors of Suicide is a free support group that meets from 7-8:30 p.m. on the second Monday of every month in the Blount Memorial Hospital auditorium. The group is for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide. For more information, call 865-984-4223.

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