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Support Group Program

To Life! continues to support during COVID-19. Our support group services for breast cancer patients and survivors have shifted from in person meetings to virtual gatherings.

Support groups provide a safe and confidential space to share information, feelings, and provide and receive support. Group facilitators guide women through thoughtful discussion. Please email our Support Services Manager Melanie McCulley at mmcculley@tolife.org or call 518-439-5975 in advance to connect with a support group. Surround yourself with women who understand.

In addition to offering virtual support groups, other topic-focused virtual gatherings may be offered. These will be posted to our Facebook page (please "like" our page so you'll be automatically notified) and our Calendar so check back often.

Newly Diagnosed/ In Treatment Breast Cancer Support Group

Facilitator: Melanie McCulley, MS, BCC, HHP
Meets on the Fourth Thursday of most months from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at 410 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar.

Contact Melanie McCulley at mmcculley@tolife.org to learn more about the group and to join.

Bilingual Breast Cancer Support Group

Facilitators: Melanie McCulley, MS, BCC, HHP and Carmen Rodriguez

Welcoming Spanish and English speaking breast cancer survivors to join in discussion. Open to anyone in the region at any stage of treatment or survivorship.

Meets Second Tuesday of Most Months, in Amsterdam, NY, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.
Contact Carmen at crodriguez@tolife.org to learn more about the group and to join.

Grupo de apoyo bilingüe para el cáncer de mama

Facilitadores: Melanie McCulley, MS, BCC, HHP y Carmen Rodríguez

Damos la bienvenida a sobrevivientes de cáncer de mama de habla hispana e inglesa para que se unan a la discusión. Abierto a cualquier persona de la región en cualquier etapa de tratamiento o supervivencia.

Se reúne el segundo martes de la mayoría de los meses, en Amsterdam, NY, de 6:30 pm a 7:30 pm.

Póngase en contacto con Carmen en crodriguez@tolife.org para obtener más información sobre el grupo y unirse.

Saratoga Support Group

Facilitator: Jennifer Baldwin, LMSW
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.

Meets 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 jbaldwin1@saratogacare.org to learn more and to join.

MetaThriver Support Group

Facilitators: Debra Nosik, LCSW, and Martha McCormick, MS, EdS

This support group provides the opportunity for women with recurrrent and metastatic breast cancer to receive and give support.

Meets on the Third Wednesday of most months from 6:30 - 7:30 pm at To Life!, 410 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar.

Contact Melanie McCulley, Support Services Manager at mmcculley@tolife.org to learn more about the group and to join.

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 at age 40 or younger. Whether you have just been diagnosed, are still in treatment or are several years out, join us to connect with others. Find more information at http://www.youngsurvival.org and contact Melanie McCulley, Support Services Manager, at mmcculley@tolife.org to be connected with this group.

YSC Face2Face Meetup Support Group

For more information: email AlbanyF2FCoordinator@gmail.com or Melanie McCulley, Support Services Manager, at mmcculley@tolife.org for more information.

 

Funding for the support group program is made possible in part by the NYS Department of Health and The Review Foundation. The views expressed by facilitators do not necessarily reflect the views of our contributors or the official policies of the State of NY. 

Using Zoom for Support Groups and Individual Meetings

SETTING UP ZOOM

To Life! uses Zoom for our virtual support group meetings. It is free to download and use. You can download Zoom in advance at: https://zoom.us/pricing. If you will be on a device that is using Zoom for the first time, give yourself at least 15 minutes before the meeting and follow the prompts to download the software.

If downloading the Zoom app on your phone or tablet, search Zoom Cloud Meetings at the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. Once downloaded, search in your apps for Zoom Cloud Meetings and make sure the app icon looks like a white video camera on a blue background. 

In order to be seen on the screen for support group meetings, you will need to have a camera on your device and make sure both audio and video are "enabled". If you do not have a camera on your device, you can still join. Just jump in when you would like to speak as other participants will not be able to see you signal that you have something to say.

Prior to the start of the meeting, the support group facilitator will send each meeting participant a Zoom link that you can click on which will allow you to join the private  group meeting.

TROUBLESHOOTING

Troubleshooting steps demonstration: https://youtu.be/vFhAEoCF7jg

If you are having trouble getting your audio or video to work, see these trouble shooting steps: https://youtu.be/HqncX7RE0wM .

Also, make sure your speakers are on. You may need to adjust your privacy settings to allow Zoom access to your microphone (mic). Here is a link to Zoom’s Audio Support page:  https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/204484835-My-Audio-is-Not-Working-on-iOS-or-Android?mobile_site=true

Zoom’s Video Support page can be found here: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/202952568-My-Video-Camera-Isn-t-Working

In order to see all participants for a support group, once connected to the Zoom meeting, go to the upper righthand corner of the screen (if on a computer) and select “Gallery View,” if you are on a phone or tablet, swipe left and you will be able to see at least four of the participants.

As long as your camera and microphone are working and enabled, and you’ve downloaded the Zoom app, it should all work fairly simply and, after the first time connecting, you should only have to click the provided link in the future and automatically be connected to the meeting without the above preparation.