Cancer Support Communities

Below please find cancer support groups and programs available throughout Southwest Colorado and Northwest, New Mexico.  A list of ongoing events can be found on our Community Calendar. Please be certain to check on all meeting times and locations, as they may be subject to change.

Durango


Robin's Eggs Gathered In Bird Nest In TreeCaregiver’s Support Group
This group provides camaraderie and the sharing of tips, resources, and ideas to more effectively cope with the challenges of caregiving.

Meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 10:30 am
Durango/La Plata Senior Center
2424 Main Avenue, Durango, CO
For more information, contact Elaine Stumpo at 970.259.0122

Grief Support Group
Julie Madden and Norm Gottlieb offer a grief support group for adults who have experienced loss of a loved one. This group is offered once annually, beginning in late October or early November and flowing through the holiday season into February.
For more information, contact Julie Madden at 970.749.7547 or Norm Gottlieb at 970.749.1357

Grief Support Group – Katie Bachman MA, LPC, CGT
This is a facilitated grief support group for adults who have experienced the loss of a loved one.  Participation is free and group size is limited to ten.
Meets at 4:30 pm on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month
First United Methodist Church, Room 200
2917 Aspen Drive, Durango, CO

Widow/Widower’s support group. This is a facilitated grief support group for adults who have experienced the loss of a spouse. Participation is free.

Meets at 10:00-11:45 on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month
La Plata County Senior Center
2424 Main Avenue, Durango, CO
For more information and to register, contact Kati Bachman at 970.382.2032

The Grief Center of Southwest Colorado
This is an organization that maintains a network of bereavement specialists in Southwest Colorado (Spanish-speaking therapist is available). There are a variety of individual and group therapy programs offered, all serving children,their families, teens and adults who are experiencing loss in their lives.
For more information, contact Judy Austin at 970.765.7142

Cancer Peer Mentoring Program
This is a peer-to-peer mentoring program to support one another through the emotional and social aspects of living with cancer.
Peers meet independently, and times may vary.
For more information, contact Rosemary Juskevich at rosemaryjuskevich@gmail.com or Toni Abbey at 970.403.3711, or at info@blueprintsofhope.org.

Look Good, Feel Better
This is an educational support program provided by a licensed cosmetologist for those who are currently going through cancer treatment for any type of cancer. This program provides free products and helpful hints for patients to help them look and feel their best while going through chemotherapy. There are four sessions provided in Durango yearly, and for the times the classes are not offered, individuals may call 800.227.2345 and the American Cancer Society will provide CD’s outlining the Look Good, Feel Better tips.
For more information about local classes, contact the American Cancer Society in Durango at 800.227.2345.

4-Corners’ Prostate Support Group
This is an educational supportive program facilitated by prostate cancer survivors for those who are experiencing any phase of prostate cancer.  Attendees are invited to learn more about treatment choices and coping with prostate cancer.
Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm
Durango Public Library, Room 3
1900 East Third Avenue, Durango, CO
For more information, e-mail prostategroupdro@gmail.com.

Reach to Recovery
This is an American Cancer Society Nationwide program for newly diagnosed men and women with breast cancer that matches them with a trained volunteer who is also a breast cancer survivor. Meetings are arranged by similar circumstances and are usually one-on-one over the telephone. These volunteers can provide an avenue to express feelings, verbalize fears and concerns, and ask questions.
For more information or to coordinate an on-line mentor, contact the American Cancer Society 800.227.2345.

Shared Activity Support Communities

“We are seeing better, everyday function and overall quality of life for cancer survivors who exercise.” 
 Kathryn Schmitz, Ph.D. American College of Sports Medicine

CancerFit
This is a program dedicated to providing anyone who has experienced any phase of a cancer diagnosis with affordable, supportive, shared exercise.  The program provides personal trainers who have special training to work with cancer survivors and oversee all aspects of a personalized exercise regimen.  Each regimen is designed to aid in recovery and general fitness.
Meets Tuesdays & Thursdays weekly from 2:15-3:30 pm
Durango Parks and Recreation, Community Recreation Center
2700 Main Avenue, Durango, CO
For more information, contact Ann Camp at 970.375.7313

Live by Living Hikes
Join the SW Chapter of Live by Living, sponsored by Blueprints of Hope, offering a multitude of hikes in Southwest Colorado.  These hikes are tailored to individuals who are typically in the post-treatment phase, as well as their friends and caregivers.
Typically meets on Saturday mornings
Hikes with full details can be found on Blueprints of Hope’s community calendar: www.blueprintsofhope.org
Go here to learn more about  Live by Living statewide hikes, events and retreats. 
For more information, contact Carroll Groeger at cgroeger@gmail.com or info@blueprintsofhope.org

Qigong for Health
Learn and experience how Qigong can help to strengthen immunity, reduce pain, manage stress, and enhance vitality. Classes include the discussion and practice of gentle movement, breathing exercises, meditation, and self-applied massage. These classes can be performed standing or seated, and is offered free of charge to Blueprints of Hope’s community (cancer patients, survivors and caregivers).
For more information, contact Oley Smith at openheartacupuncture@gmail.com or info@blueprintsofhope.org

Yoga for Healing
A weekly therapeutic group yoga class specially adapted for those who need a little slower pace and extra TLC.  Beneficial for those who are recovering from or living with cancer. This class utilizes deep relaxation, gentle stretching, overall toning and breathing exercises. All postures are adapted individually, as appropriate. Blueprints of Hope offers these classes free of charge to cancer patients and survivors who are up to two years out from primary treatment.
Meets every Tuesday from 12-1 pm
Smiley Building, Studio 10
1309 E. 3rd Ave., Durango, CO
For more information and to enroll, contact Michele Lawrence at 970.946.8961 or michelelawrence@yahoo.com

Cortez – Dolores, CO

Caregivers Support Group
The Caregivers Support Group is an organization that provides camaraderie and the sharing of tips, resources and ideas to more effectively cope with the challenges of caregiving.

Meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm
Vista Mesa Assisted Living
1206 North Mildred Road, Cortez, CO

Meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:00 pm
United Methodist Church
515 North Park Street, Cortez, CO
For more information, contact Elaine Stumpo at 970.259.0122

The Compassionate Friends Four Corner’s Chapter
The Compassionate Friends is an international support organization for families who have experienced the death of a child.
Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm
Hospice Building at 1345 South Broadway, Cortez, CO
For more information, contact Debbie at 970.565.4732 or Cheri at 970.565.6480

Montezuma County Breast Cancer Support Group
Meets the 4th Thursday of each month
For more information, contact Sue Tompkins at 970.882.4484 or Ginger Kingman at 970.882.7586

Pagosa Springs

Caregivers Support Group
This organization provides camaraderie and the sharing of tips, resources, and ideas to more effectively cope with the challenges of caregiving.
Meets the last Wednesday of each month at 11:00 am
St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church
225 S. Pagosa Blvd., Pagosa Springs, CO
For more information, contact Elaine Stumpo at 970.259.0122

Farmington

Four Corners Women’s Cancer Support Group
This group is for women who have been diagnosed with any type of cancer.
Meets the 1st Saturday of every month from 10-12:00 pm
San Juan Regional Cancer Center
731 West Animas Street, Farmington, NM
For more information, contact Fran Robinson at 505.609.6089Save

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