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Support Groups

Connect with others who share common life experiences as you. Support Groups offer an opportunity to share your story in a safe setting, learn about resources, and participate in educational programming. There is no charge for the group, but registration may be required for some of the meetings. New members and caregivers are always welcome. The meetings are independently managed unless otherwise noted. To register for a support group, visit our events page

Better Breathers Club (BBC)
A patient-centered and community-based club that supports those individuals with chronic lung disease including COPD, asthma, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and lung cancer. Topics include medication management, available medical trials for people with COPD and breathing exercises.

Cancer Support Groups: Breast, Prostate, Head & Neck
Meeting dates and times varies. 
On a monthly basis, Suburban Hospital offers meetings to support patients living with breast, prostate and head and neck cancer. 

Diabetes Support & Education Meeting
Meets the 2nd Wednesday of most months | 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
Designed to provide the latest self-management strategies, resources and information for people living with diabetes. Meetings facilitated by certified diabetes educators. Registration is mandatory. 

JDRF Peer Support Group- Type 1 Diabetes
Meets the fourth Wednesday of most months | 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
Designed for people living with Type 1 Diabetes or parents with a child with Type 1 Diabetes. Participants are encouraged to bring questions or topics for discussion. Parents are welcome to bring children and teenagers. Childcare is not provided. Contact Barbara Kahl at kahldolan@gmail.com for details.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Family Caregiver Support Group
Meets the Second Tuesday of every month | 6:45 p.m. − 8:15 p.m.

MS is a rare disease in which the immune system eats away at the protective covering of nerves. This group is for family caregivers of people with MS — spouses, partners, siblings, adult children, parents. Call 202-296-5363 or email Kdougherty@MSandYOU.org for details.

Myasthenia Gravis Support Group
Meets the Third Saturday of every month | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Also known simply as MG, myasthenia gravis is a rare neuromuscular disorder.  Connect with other individuals living with MG and/or caregivers of MG patients.  Call Bill DeLarenzo at 301-384-1229 for details.

Sjogren's Syndrome Support Group
Meets the Second Tuesday of every month | 6:30 p.m. − 8:30 p.m.

Sjögren's ("SHOW-grins") is a chronic autoimmune disease in which white blood cells attack the moisture-producing glands. The support group provides Sjögren's Syndrome patients and family members with an opportunity to learn more about the disease, symptom management and emotional support.  

Stroke Support Group for Survivors and Caregivers
Meets the First Tuesday of every month | 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

A social-worker facilitated session presented by the Bethesda Chapter of the Montgomery County Stroke Association. Please visit mcstroke.org or call the MCSA hotline at 301-681-6272 for details.

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