Porter Regional Hospital is offering the following support groups in May. All support groups are free.
Getting to the Heart of the Matter
This free monthly support group is open to anyone and their loved ones living with any type of heart disease – from high blood pressure to heart failure. Led by a fellow heart disease survivor, the group offers monthly peer-to-peer encouragement and education, and serves to inspire hope and promote healthier living. The group meets from Noon – 1 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month, at the Valparaiso Medical Center Cardiac Rehabilitation (Entrance A), 2000 Roosevelt Rd. in Valparaiso. The next meeting is May 9. For more information, call 219-983-8533.
Beyond the Baby Blues Support Group
Porter Regional Hospital has teamed with local organization Beyond the Baby Blues to offer parents faced with post-partum depression, anxiety or another perinatal mood disorders peer support, encouragement and understanding. The group meets on the last Friday of each month from 9:30 – 11 a.m. in the Community Room at Porter Regional Hospital at 85 East US Highway 6 in Valparaiso (call 219-331-1945), or the first Monday of each month from 6-8 p.m. at Childbirth Melodies, 138 S. Main St., Crown Point (call 219-782-4149). The next meetings are May 6 and May 31.
Our Carriage Infant Loss Support Group
Pregnancy and infant loss is an isolating, devastating experience. This support group is one of the few places where moms and grieving parents can speak the truth about the depth of their emotions and experiences, and also celebrate new milestones and breakthroughs during the grieving process. The group meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at Christ Lutheran Church, 2610 N. Campbell St., Valparaiso. The next meeting is May 16. Call 219-309-6116 with questions.
Breastfeeding Support Clinic
Please join other mothers who are breastfeeding to share experiences, ask questions and receive support. A lactation consultant will be available to assist with any breastfeeding or latch issues, and will provide infant weight checks. The group meets from 3-5 p.m. on May 2 or 21, in the Women & Children’s Classroom at Porter Regional Hospital. Complimentary valet parking is available. For more information call 219-983-8543.
Cancer Support Group
Porter Regional Hospital offers a support group for those affected by cancer to provide a safe and open environment to share your experiences and struggles, and connect you with local and national resources to aid during your time of need. The group meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 11 a.m. – noon and is open to anyone affected by cancer, including survivors, family members, friends and caregivers. This group meets at Pines Village, 3303 Pines Village Circle in Valparaiso. The next meeting is May 1. Registration is not necessary. For more information, call 219-983-6128. Stroke Survivor Support Group
Porter Regional Hospital offers a support group for stroke survivors, their caregivers, family members, and loved ones. The monthly gathering offers an environment to share experiences and struggles, and connect with other survivors and local resources. The next meeting will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on May 30, in the Community Room at Porter Regional Hospital, 85 E. US Highway 6 in Valparaiso. For more information, call 219-983-8355.
Women’s Cancer Support Group – Hope & Healing
Porter Regional Hospital offers Hope & Healing, a support group for women coping with cancer, whether newly diagnosed or a long-term survivor. The group offers emotional support, information, education, and guest speakers. It also provides the opportunity for individuals to share their unique concerns and feelings brought on by cancer. The Hope & Healing Support Group meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at the Campbell Street Cafe, 4245 Meridian Woods Dr. in Valparaiso. The next meeting is May 7. For more information call 219-983-6128.
TBI Support Group
This support group offers encouragement for those with Traumatic Brain Injury. The TBI Support group was started by Speech and Language Pathologists. The purpose of the group is for individuals who have experienced a TBI to meet others, share their experiences, and provide support in working toward various goals, promote participation in previous activities or returning to school/work. It is also a chance to just have fun and be social with others who understand TBI. The group meets from 11 a.m. to noon, the first Wednesday of every month at the Portage Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, 6040 Lute Road, Portage IN 46368. The next meeting is May 1. Family members are welcome. Please call 219-764-1053 to RSVP.