• Porter Regional Hospital Invites the Public to its Support Groups in February

    Valparaiso, IN – Porter Regional Hospital is offering the following support groups in February. All support groups are free.
    Getting to the Heart of the Matter
    This free monthly support group is open to anyone and their loved ones living with any type of heart disease – from high blood pressure to heart failure. Led by a fellow heart disease survivor, the group offers monthly peer-to-peer encouragement and education, and serves to inspire hope and promote healthier living. The group meets from Noon – 1 p.m. at the Valparaiso Medical Center Cardiac Rehabilitation (Entrance A), 2000 Roosevelt Rd., Valparaiso. The next meeting is February 20. For more information, call 219-983-8533.
    Our Carriage Infant Loss Support Group
    Pregnancy and infant loss is an isolating, devastating experience. This support group is one of the few places where moms and grieving parents can speak the truth about the depth of their emotions and experiences, and also celebrate new milestones and breakthroughs during the grieving process. The group meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at Christ Lutheran Church, 2610 N. Campbell St., Valparaiso. The next meeting is February 20. Call 219-309-6116 with questions.
    Breastfeeding Support Clinic
    Please join other mothers who are breastfeeding to share experiences, ask questions and receive support.  A lactation consultant will be available to assist with any breastfeeding or latch issues, and we suggest bringing your infant in hungry so we can provide an infant weight check. The group meets from 3-5 p.m. on the first Thursday and third Tuesday of the month. The next meetings are February 6 and February 18, in the Women & Children’s Classroom at Porter Regional Hospital.  Complimentary valet parking is available. For more information call 219-983-8543.
    Cancer Support Group
    Porter Regional Hospital offers a support group for those affected by cancer to provide a safe and open environment to share your experiences and struggles, and connect you with local and national resources to aid during your time of need. The group meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 11 a.m. – noon and is open to anyone affected by cancer, including survivors, family members, friends and caregivers. This group meets at Pines Village, 3303 Pines Village Circle in Valparaiso.  The next meeting is February 5.  Registration is not necessary. For more information, call 219-983-6128.
    Stroke Survivor Support Group
    Porter Regional Hospital offers a support group for stroke survivors, their caregivers, family members, and loved ones. The monthly gathering offers an environment to share experiences and struggles, and connect with other survivors and local resources. The group meets on the last Thursday of the month from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The next meeting is February 27th in the Community Room at Porter Regional Hospital, 85 E. US Highway 6, Valparaiso. For more information, call 219-983-8355.
    Women’s Cancer Support Group – Hope & Healing
    Porter Regional Hospital offers Hope & Healing, a support group for women coping with cancer, whether newly diagnosed or a long-term survivor. The group offers emotional support, information, education, and guest speakers. It also provides the opportunity for individuals to share their unique concerns and feelings brought on by cancer. The Hope & Healing Support Group meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at the Campbell Street Cafe, 4245 Meridian Woods Dr. in Valparaiso. The next meeting is Feb. 4. For more information call 219-983-6128.
    Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group
    This support group offers encouragement for those with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  The TBI Support group was started by Speech and Language Pathologists. The purpose of the group is for individuals who have experienced a TBI to meet others, share their experiences, and provide support in working toward various goals, promote participation in previous activities or returning to school/work. It is also a chance to just have fun and be social with others who understand TBI. The group meets from 11 a.m. to noon, the first Wednesday of every month at the Portage Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, 6040 Lute Road, Portage IN 46368. The next meeting is February 5. Family members are welcome.  Please call 219-764-1053 to RSVP.
    Ostomy Support Group
    This free monthly support group is open to anyone living with any type of Ostomy (Ileostomy, Urostomy, Colostomy, Koch Pouch, etc.) and their loved ones. Approximately 100,000 ostomy surgeries are performed annually in the United States. This support group offers ostomates monthly peer-to-peer emotional support, encouragement and education, and serves to encourage confidence, hope and promote ones independence and acceptance of living with an Ostomy.  People with ostomies live full & meaningful lives that include swimming, working, playing sports & having relationships.
    Ostomy Group meets January – October 6:30 PM- 8:30 PM (4th THURSDAY of every month) at the Community Room (1st floor) at Porter Regional Hospital. October meeting is a celebration of National Ostomy Month.  For more information, call 219-983-8780 or Sarah Grcich 219-309-5939. Next meeting will be February 27, 2020.
    Diabetes Support Group
    This is a free support group for adults living with diabetes. The support group provides a place for team support including sharing ideas and experiences related to diabetes self-management. Most meetings have guest speakers including dietitians, physicians, pharmacists, and others to help address concerns and hot topics. Support group meetings are held Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30pm in the Community Room at Porter Regional Hospital, 85 East US HWY 6, Valparaiso.  The next meeting is March 3. Call 219-263-7992 for details and to register.

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