Support Groups

UW Health organizes or helps to facilitate a number of support groups to help our patients and their families and friends learn the best ways to meet their health challenges.

 

Active Hearts

  • About: Preventive Cardiology patients past and present, friends and family are welcome to join this fun, informative lecture series on a variety of heart-healthy topics. For more than 15 years, Active Hearts has provided up-to-date information and a social network for those interested in improving their heart health. Join us this year as we continue the tradition of fellowship and education.
  • Location: UW Health Research Park Clinic
  • Meetings: Meetings are held four times per year on Mondays at 6:30pm.
  • More Information: No registration is required.

Blood and Bone Marrow Transplant Support Group

  • About: We invite all patients who have received or will receive a bone marrow or stem cell transplant, and their caregivers, to attend our bone marrow transplant support group. This is an opportunity to meet other BMT patients, share resources, learn together and offer support as you navigate the long journey from transplant to your "new normal." The value of this group comes from finding common ground and sharing unique wisdom from each person’s individual experience.
  • Location: Gilda's Club, 7907 UW Health Court, Middleton
  • Meetings: Meets the third Wednesday of every month.
  • More Information: Contact Gilda's Club at (608) 828-8880 or program@gildasclubmadison.org

Brain Injury Support Group (East Madison)

  • About: A brain injury can be very isolating and may be followed with many unknowns. The Brain Injury Support Group is for people who are recovering from a brain injury and their families, friends and caregivers. Support group members help each other face and overcome common challenges through encouragement and sharing their experiences and knowledge. New members are warmly welcomed. Join us to share experiences and mutual concerns or problems, and discuss possible solutions and resources.
  • Location: UW Health Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Meetings: Meets the first Tuesday of every month.
  • More Information: If you would like to attend the support group, please contact the UW Health Rehabilitation Hospital at support@uwhealthrehabhospital.com or (608) 592-8113.

Brain Tumor Support Group

  • About: This is a community organization for brain tumor survivors and their family members, friends and others. It helps people learn more about brain tumors, share their experiences and become inspired to move forward.
  • Location: University Hospital
  • Meetings: Meets the third Tuesday of every month.
  • More Information: For more information about the support group or to be added to the mailing list to receive meeting reminders and notices of special meeting events, such as caregiver sessions and guest speakers, please contact Lori Hayes at hayes@humonc.wisc.edu or (608) 265-1192. View more information

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America Madison Area

  • About: Join us to discuss topics ranging from traveling with IBD, diet and nutrition, coping with depression and stress, role of relationships, creating a treatment team, intimacy and IBD, drugs used to treat IBD, and arthritis and IBD. Monthly topics will be announced on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CCFAMadison.
  • Location: UW Health Digestive Health Center, Room 106
  • Meetings: Meets the second Thursday of every month except July and August.
  • More Information: No registration is required. If you would like to be added to the group e-mail list, please email ccfamadison@gmail.com.

Fresh Start: Aneurysm, Stroke and Brain Injury Support Group

  • About: These sessions are a way for affected patients, families and friends to connect with others to help each other live their best lives. Open and honest discussions about recovery issues, roadblocks and solutions are the goal. UW Health staff will be there to facilitate and answer questions, but the group belongs to the participants.
  • Location: UW Health Arboretum Clinic
  • Meetings: Meets the third Thursday of the month.
  • More Information: Please call John Kenneally (608) 263-9256 or Chris Whelley at (608) 264-4698.

Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Support Group (Gilda's Club)

  • About: A support group for anyone affected by a gastrointestinal (GI) cancer. The meetings will be focused around educational presentations and mutual support.
  • Location: Gilda's Club, 7907 UW Health Court, Middleton
  • Meetings: Meets the third Wednesday of the month.
  • More Information: Contact Gilda's Club at (608) 828-8880 for more information.

 

Leukemia Support Group

  • About: The Leukemia Support Group is designated for individuals with leukemia and members of their care team. The purpose of this group is to provide emotional and informational support as well as stress management strategies for coping. Relaxation and mindfulness training is offered. Sessions vary according to group needs and requests. Individuals with other hematological cancers are welcome.
  • Location: University Hospital, Room K4/318
  • Meetings: Meets the second Tuesday of the month.
  • More Information: Call (608) 263-6416 to verify dates.

Liver Transplant Support Group

  • About: A support group for individuals and caregivers who are experiencing transplant.
  • Location: University Hospital conference room
  • Meetings: Meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 11:15am-12:30pm. Call-in option is available (pdf).
  • More Information: Contact your staff/coordinator for the meeting room location for the week. Or, email Angie Foster at aafoster@wisc.edu to receive a schedule of meetings rooms or for more information.

Look Good, Feel Better (Gilda's Club)

  • About: Volunteer professionals lead a small group of women to teach beauty techniques to help manage the appearance related side effects of cancer treatment. Each woman receives a free makeup kit to use during and after the workshop.
  • Location: Gilda's Club, 7907 UW Health Court, Middleton
  • Meetings: Meets the fourth Monday of the month.
  • More Information: Contact American Cancer Society at (800) 395-5665 to register.

Look Good, Feel Better (UW Hospitals and Clinics)

  • About: Volunteer professionals lead a small group of women to teach beauty techniques to help manage the appearance related side effects of cancer treatment. Each woman receives a free makeup kit to use during and after the workshop.
  • Location: University Hospital, Room J3/1
  • Meetings: Meets the second Monday of every other month.
  • More Information: Contact American Cancer Society at (800) 395-5665 to register.

Lung Cancer Support Group (Gilda's Club)

  • About: A support group for anyone affected by lung cancer. The meetings will be focused around educational presentations and mutual support.
  • Location: Gilda's Club, 7907 UW Health Court, Middleton
  • Meetings: Meets the second Thursday of the month.
  • More Information: Contact Gilda's Club at (608) 828-8880 for more information.

Lymphoma Informational and Educational Group

  • About: Join lymphoma patients (in and out of treatment) and supporters in a friendly and caring environment for information and discussion. Speakers will be offering educational information on a regular basis.
  • Location: Gilda's Club, 7907 UW Health Court, Middleton
  • Meetings: Meets the second Monday of the month.
  • More Information: Contact Barbara Nehls-Lowe at (608) 826-1030 with any questions.

Madison Area Stroke Support Group

  • About: The Madison Area Stroke Support Group is for people who are recovering from a stroke, and their families, friends and caregivers. Support group members help each other face and overcome common challenges through encouragement and sharing their experiences and knowledge. New members are warmly welcomed.
  • Location: 
  • Meeting Time/Locations: Meets the third Wednesday of every month at the UW Health Rehabilitation Hospital or the first Wednesday of every month at UnityPoint Health-Meriter.
  • More Information: If you would like to attend the support group, please contact the UW Health Rehabilitation Hospital at support@uwhealthrehabhospital.com or (608) 592-8113.

Madison Spinal Cord Injury Group

  • About: The Spinal Cord Injury Group provides an open forum for discussion on spinal cord injury, disease and paralysis topics including wheelchair activities and accessibility issues; provides mentoring and awareness; and offers adaptive and accessible events and activities for the individual and family.
  • Location: Wellspring United Methodist Church, 5702 South Hill Drive, Madison
  • Meetings: Meetings are held the second Monday of the month from 6-7:30pm. 
  • More Information: Go to www.sci-madison.org for more information.

Madison Young Onset Parkinson's Support Group

  • About: This group is for young onset Parkinson's patients 40 years and younger, their families, and care support to gain information on Parkinson's disease through education and support from others.
  • Location: St. Marys Hospital, Room 1209, 700 S. Park St. Madison
  • Meetings: Meets quarterly, the first Thursday of the month from 6-7:15pm.
  • More Information: Please contact Jordan at (608) 345-7938 or parkinson_assn@ssmhc.com with any questions and for individual session room numbers.

Moving Forward: Resources for People with Movement Disorders

  • About: Moving Forward is a monthly support and information group for people who suffer from Parkinson's disease, dystonia, tremor and other movement disorders. This free seminar series features topic experts to address questions about movement disorder-related subjects such as disease diagnosis, treatment and management, common concerns and caregiving options, case studies, patient stories and experiences, new research and developments, moving forward to your best life.
  • Location: Alliant Energy Center-Exhibition Hall, Mendota 5/6 Meeting Room, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, (Enter at main gate off Rimrock Road) Parking is free.
  • Meetings: 10 sessions, February through November, second Monday of the month from 6:30-8pm.
  • More Information: uwhealth.org/movingforward

Ostomy Support Group

  • About: Our purpose is to provide a safe environment for discussion of shared experiences and topics of interest to those with an ostomy. Topics include products, nutrition, activities and coping.
  • Location: UW Health Digestive Health Center
  • Meetings: Meetings are held the third Tuesday of odd-numbered months.
  • More Information: If you would like to be added to the group e-mail list, please email ostomysupport@uwhealth.org.

Parkinson's Disease Caregiver Support Group - Madison

  • About: An array of Parkinson's disease experts speak monthly about specifics of the disease and research developments. Family and friends of Parkinson's disease patients are also welcome to attend. Groups will be split up between persons with Parkinson's and care providers.
  • Location: Asbury United Methodist Church, 6101 University Ave., Madison
  • Meetings: Meets the third Wednesday of the month, 2:45-4pm
  • More Information: Please contact Jordan at (608) 345-7938 or parkinson_assn@ssmhc.com with any questions.

Parkinson's Disease Caregiver Support Group - Monona

  • About: An array of Parkinson's disease experts speak monthly about specifics of the disease and research developments. Family and friends of Parkinson's disease patients are also welcome to attend. Groups will be split up between persons with Parkinson's and care providers.
  • Location: Monona United Methodist Church, 606 Nichols Rd., Monona
  • Meetings: Meets the first Wednesday of the month from 2-4pm
  • More Information: Please contact Jordan at (608) 345-7938 or parkinson_assn@ssmhc.com with any questions.

Parkinson's Disease Caregiver Support Group - Stoughton

  • About: An array of Parkinson's disease experts speak monthly about specifics of the disease and research developments. Family and friends of Parkinson's disease patients are also welcome to attend. Groups will be split up between persons with Parkinson's and care providers.
  • Location: Stoughton Area Senior Center, 248 West Main St., Stoughton
  • Meetings: Meets the fourth Wednesday of the month from 1:30-3pm.
  • More Information: Please contact Hollee at (608) 873-8585 with any questions.

Parkinson's Disease Caregiver Support Group - Sun Prairie

  • About: An array of Parkinson's disease experts speak monthly about specifics of the disease and research developments. Family and friends of Parkinson's disease patients are also welcome to attend. Groups will be split up between persons with Parkinson's and care providers.
  • Location: Colonial Club Senior Center, Therapy Room, 301 Blankenheim Lane, Sun Prairie
  • Meetings: Meets the fourth Wednesday of the month from 1-2pm
  • More Information: Please contact Jordan at (608) 345-7938 or parkinson_assn@ssmhc.com with any questions.

Parkinson's Disease Caregiver Support Group - Waunakee

  • About: This group is for anyone who is affected by Parkinson's Disease. This includes those who have Parkinson's, their family members and care givers. The Parkinson's Disease Support Group provides a forum to meet other individuals with Parkinson's Disease, learn from speakers and talk about common issues and concerns.
  • Location: Waunakee Senior Center, 333 S. Madison St, Waunakee
  • Meetings: Meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at 2pm. If you plan to attend, please call the Waunakee Senior Center at (608) 849-8385 to register.
  • More Information: Please contact Candice at (608) 850-5877 with any questions.

ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association

  • About: A support group for thyroid cancer survivors, family members and friends. We share information, experiences and coping strategies.
  • Location: Wisconsin Institute of Medical Research Building, Room 5001A, 1111 Highland Ave., Madison
  • More Information: Contact Timothy Lau at (563) 580-3003 with any questions.

Wisconsin Multiple Myeloma Support Group

  • About: This group provides an opportunity for multiple myeloma patients and their loved ones to come together to exchange information, for mutual support, comfort and friendship. Please join us at one of our regular meetings or join the mailing list for our free monthly newsletter. Family members and friends are encouraged to participate, as well. We will help keep you informed of the latest multiple myeloma management information.
  • Location: UW Health West Clinic (Conference Room 1287), 451 Junction Rd., Madison
  • Meetings: Third Tuesday of the month from 3:30-5:30pm. Speakers every other month, group discussion alternate months.
  • More Information: Contact Jayne Schwartz at schwartzdon@sbcglobal.net or (608) 244-2120.