Support Groups at Marianjoy
These support groups are provided at no cost to the participants as a service to the community by Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Wheaton, Illinois. All groups meet at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital unless otherwise noted.
ALS Support Group
The ALS support group provides answers, tips, friendship, care and support to people affected by motor neuron disease ALS. This group meets the fourth Saturday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Elsa Cherwak at 630-909-8410 or Ileane Mindel at 312-255-9719.
Amputee Support Group
The Amputee Support Group provides a supportive setting for educational opportunities as well as for social contacts and events. The group meets the second Tuesday every month from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. For more information, please call Dini Mapa or Brandon Lesch at 630-909-8410.
Caregiver's Seminar for Families of Marianjoy Inpatients
This group provides support for families new to caregiving. Learn helpful hints, suggestions and resources for empowerment, as well as how to build a team of helpers and a strong support system. The group meets once each month. For more information call Larisa Lahey at 630-909-8909.
The Chronic Pain Support Group meets the first Thursday of every month from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at the Marianjoy Oakbrook Terrace facility. This group is for individuals living with chronic pain who are looking for support and who are willing to provide support to others. Members include individuals who have been diagnosed with a variety of pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis and joint dysfunction, back pain, and chronic headaches. For more information, call Dr. Angelique Strand at
Connections—Teen and Young Adult Brain Injury Support Group
This support group for teens and young adults with brain injury meets the first Wednesday of the month* from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call Rima Birutis at 630-909-6360 or Elizabeth Witt at 630-909-6165.
*Except for July, August, and September.
Guillain-Barré Support Group
This group provides speakers on the latest research, treatment and medications for those with Guillain-Barré. The Guillain-Barré support group meets bi-annually on Sundays at 1:30 p.m. For more information on this group, call Charlean Eggert at 630-269-8122.
High Hopes Brain Injury Support Group
High Hopes is a resource group for those who have sustained a brain injury and their families. Education is provided regarding aspects of living with brain injury and avenues for coping with stress. Socialization is also an important aspect of this group. The High Hopes Brain Injury Support Group for adults meets the second Tuesday of every month (except in February) from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. For more information, call Dr. Nancy Devereux at 630-909-8607 or Michelle Armour at 630-909-8562.
Lives in Motion - Spinal Cord Injury Support Group
Lives in Motion is a resource group for paraplegics and quadriplegics, their family members and caregivers. Lives in Motion gives attendees the unique opportunity to learn from other’s experiences while offering a forum to discuss real life issues and concerns regarding a spinal cord injury. Meetings include members from Marianjoy’s spinal cord injury therapy team who will share their expertise on specific topics such as home modifications, wheelchairs, exercises, nutrition, sexuality, social re-integration, and vocational rehabilitation. The group meets the fourth Tuesday of the month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Monica Blaauw at 630-909-8410.
MS Social Group
This group meets the third Wednesday of each month from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.in the Marianjoy Outpatient Pavillion, Conference Room 1. For more information, please contact Andrea Miller or Meghan Ginter at 630-909-8410.
Stroke and Aphasia Support Group
This group provides speakers who offer education via socialization and support so that life continues with joy and happiness. They meet the first Tuesday of every month (except January and February) from 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Sarah Keller or Karen Ng at 630-909-8410.