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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

February 27, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.
Marianjoy Outpatient Pavilion, Conference Rooms 1 & 2

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.
*Except for December, January, and February.

Aphasia Conversation Group

February 3, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.
Marianjoy Outpatient Pavilion, Conference Rooms 1 & 2

The Aphasia Conversation Group is designed for anyone who is experiencing aphasia, or a change in language/communication following
a stroke or injury. The focus of the group is to provide an outlet for this community to continue to practice their communication skills in a group setting. Meetings take place the first Wednesday of the every month
(except January), from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. For more information call
Michelle Armour at 630-909-8562.

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

Chronic Pain Support Group

February 4, 2016 at 3:30 p.m.; Oakbrook Terrace

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 630-909-6500.

Connections—Teen and Young Adult Brain Injury Support Group

February 4, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Marianjoy Outpatient Pavilion, Conference Room 3

This support group for teens and young adults with brain injury meets
the first Thursday of the month (except for July and August) from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. For more information, call Rima Birutis at 630-909-6360, Elizabeth Witt at 630-909-6165, or Jaime Mieszala at 630-909-6147.

Guillain-Barré Support Group

This group provides speakers on the latest research, treatment and medications for those with Guillain-Barré. For more information on this group, call 630-909-7400.

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

Lives in Motion - Spinal Cord Injury Support Group

February 23, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.; Third Floor Therapy Gym
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 (except in December) from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Monica Blaauw or Sarah Milcarek at

Parents Supporting Parents

This group is designed to give parents the chance to network with others whose children are currently living with a disability and are enrolled in Marianjoy’s pediatric therapy programs. A variety of topics will be presented to offer both emotional and spiritual support, and resources, to parents and their families. Sally Miller, Marianjoy chaplain, will facilitate each meeting. Meets twice monthly. For more information, call Ginny Girten at 630-909-6152.

MS Social Group

This group meets the third Wednesday of each month (except in January and February) from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 the Marianjoy Outpatient Pavillion, Conference Room 1. For more information, please contact Andrea Davis or Meghan Flynn at 630-909-8410.

Stroke 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 Sheila Berkinbine at
630-909-8452 or Jenna Verdiccio at 630-909-8410.


updated January 2016