Support groups provide a safe place to share experiences, feelings and information that remains confidential. Support groups let you discuss your ongoing cancer experience with others who have gone through a similar experience. Each group is facilitated by trained leaders, offering an environment that allows participants to listen and support each other. Support groups are open to women facing cancer, as well as their caregivers, friends, spouses or family members who would like to attend. Surround yourself with women who understand.
See below for a listing of our ongoing groups. First time attendees are encouraged to contact our office prior to attending a session. Call (518) 439-5975 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Schenectady Area Support Group
Facilitators: Melanie McCulley, MS, BCC and Carmen Rodriguez
Welcoming breast cancer survivors to join in discussion. Open to anyone in the region at any stage of treatment or survivorship. English and Spanish Speakers welcome to attend.
Meets Second Tuesday of Most Months from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.
Location: Schenectady YWCA, 44 Washington Avenue, Schenectady NY, 12305
Newly Diagnosed/ In Treatment Breast Cancer Support Group
Facilitator: Melanie McCulley, MS, BCC
This long-running support group meets monthly. All are welcome to share, listen and support each other on the Breast Cancer journey.
The group meets on the Fourth Thursday of most months from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at 410 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar.
NOTE: Occasionally there are schedule changes. If you are attending for the first time, please call To Life! at 439-5975 or email email@example.com to confirm your meeting date and time.
Saratoga Support Group
Facilitators: Jennifer Baldwin, LMSW and Renee Russell, RT, Program Director
To Life!, in partnership with the Mollie Wilmot Radiation Oncology Center of Saratoga Hospital, continues to offer a monthly support group for women affected by breast cancer, as well as interested family members/caregivers. Join us and become connected with other women—share your story, listen to others, form new and lasting friendships. Group meetings will include enjoyable activities, both onsite and offsite, as well as guest speakers.
Third Tuesday of Each Month 5:30-6:30pm at the Mollie Wilmot Radiation Oncology Center of Saratoga Hospital 211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs.
Contact Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stage 4/ Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group
Facilitator: Debra Nosik, LCSW , Melanie McCulley, MS, BCC
Deb Nosik has facilitated this group for some time now, joined in recent years by Melanie McCulley, To Life! Support Services Program Manager. Women dealing with advanced cancer have a myriad of medical, psychological, spiritual and social concerns. For some women, metastatic cancer develops out of an earlier diagnosis while others may be diagnosed as metastatic right from the beginning. Not everyone wants to participate in a support group, but for many it is an opportunity to share feelings, ask questions, give and receive support in an environment where others are most likely to understand what they are going through.
Sign up or ask questions by contacting the To Life! office at email@example.com
This group meets on the Third Wednesday of most months from 7:30-8:30pm at To Life!, 410 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar. (If you have never attended and wish to join us, please call Melanie at 439-5975 so that we can expect you.)
Young Survival Coalition (YSC)/ To Life! Collaborative Support Group
To Life! partners with the Young Survival Coalition (YSC) to support younger women dealing with Breast Cancer. YSC develops networks designed for Breast Cancer survivors diagnosed in their 40’s or younger. Whether you have just been diagnosed, are still in treatment or are several years out, join us to connect with others. Share resources, ask questions, make new friends and be assured that you are not alone. Find more information at http://www.youngsurvival.org and Tolife.org.
YSC Face2Face Meetup Support Group
For more information: email AlbanyF2FCoordinator@gmail.com or call Melanie McCulley at To Life! 439-5975
Funding for the support group program was made possible in part by Susan G. Komen Foundation, the NYS Department of Health, the Michaelson Family Foundation and other private contributors. The views expressed by facilitators do not necessarily reflect the views of our contributors or the official policies of the State of NY.