Cancer

Support Group

This online group provides encouragement, hope, education, information, and support to all bladder and kidney cancer patients, family members, and caregivers. The group is available to those newly diagnosed, undergoing treatment, or recovering.

For questions or to register, call Elizabeth Kerr, MSW at 650-308-6274.


The Cancer Supportive Care Program supports the physical and emotional well-being of patients and caregivers. Sign up for virtual exercise and meditation classes, support groups, tobacco treatment services, and more. All services are free and open to the community, regardless of where you receive care. Visit us at Stanford Cancer Supportive Care Program »

3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Second Thursday of the month

ONLINE

FREE

Next Date: 8/11, 9/8, 10/13, 11/10, 12/8, 1/12, 2/9, 3/9, 4/13, 5/11, 6/8, 7/13, 8/10
Support Group

This online group is for patients, caregivers, and friends to share their story, get important medical updates, and learn about coping with symptoms and psychological changes. 

For questions or to register, email Sharon Lamb at slamb2942@gmail.com or Joanie Taylor at momredwood@gmail.com.

 


The Supportive Care Program supports the physical and emotional well-being of patients and caregivers. Sign up for virtual exercise and meditation classes, support groups, and more. All services are free and open to the community, regardless of where you receive care. Visit us at Stanford Supportive Care Program.

 

For patients, caregivers, and friends:
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm PST
Fourth Thursday of the month
Dates: 9/22, 10/27, 12/22, 1/26, 2/23, 3/23, 4/20, 5/25, 6/22, 7/27, 8/24

For caregivers only:
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm PST
Second Thursday of the month
Dates: 9/8, 10/13, 11/10, 12/8, 1/12, 2/9, 3/9, 4/13, 5/11, 6/8, 7/13, 8/10

ONLINE

FREE

Are you caring for a loved one with cancer? Do you feel overwhelmed? Do you want to talk to someone? Would you like to speak to others going through the same experience, or would you like to just take a moment for yourself?

The Cancer Caregiver Support Group is an online peer-led group offering emotional, educational, psychosocial, and spiritual support.

For questions or to register, call Lee Techel at 925-416-6774 or email ltechel@stanfordhealthcare.org


The Cancer Supportive Care Program supports the physical and emotional well-being of patients and caregivers. Sign up for virtual exercise and meditation classes, support groups, tobacco treatment services, and more. All services are free and open to the community, regardless of where you receive care. Visit us at Stanford Cancer Supportive Care Program »

3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

1st and 3rd Thursday of the month

ONLINE

FREE

Next Date: 9/1, 9/15, 10/6, 10/20, 11/3, 11/17, 12/1, 12/15, 1/5, 1/19, 2/2, 2/16, 3/2, 3/16, 4/6, 4/20, 5/4, 5/18, 6/1, 6/15, 7/6, 7/20, 8/3, 8/17
Support Group

This educational and support program is designed for people with cancer and their loved ones. Participants learn how to manage their health to keep active and improve their lives.

For questions or to register, call Lee Techel at 925-416-6774 or email ltechel@stanfordhealthcare.org.


The Cancer Supportive Care Program supports the physical and emotional well-being of patients and caregivers. Sign up for virtual exercise and meditation classes, support groups, tobacco treatment services, and more. All services are free and open to the community, regardless of where you receive care. Visit us at   Stanford Cancer Supportive Care Program »

2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Every Tuesday
There will be no sessions on 11/22, 12/20, 12/27, 5/30, and 7/4 due to holiday closure.

ONLINE

FREE

Cancer treatment is challenging. This free program offers emotional and social support to patients and caregivers who speak Mandarin or Taiwanese. We match you with a trained volunteer who will call to check in and see how you are doing. They are there to listen and provide support.

To register, click here. For questions, call 650-736-2234.

癌症治療具挑戰性。此免費計劃為講國語或台語的患者及照顧者提供情感和社會方面的支持。我們會將您與受過訓練的志工配對,志工會與您通電話,問候、關心、聆聽、並支持您。

要登記報名,請點按此處。如有疑問,請致電 650-736-2234。


癌症支持性服務計劃支持患者和照顧者的身心健康。歡迎您報名參加線上鍛煉和冥想課程、互助小組、戒菸治療服務等等。無論您在哪裡接受療護,所有服務都是免費的,並且對社區開放。請瀏覽我們的斯坦福癌症支持性服務計劃。

Telephone 電話

FREE 免費

Support Group

This online group provides information and support to those newly diagnosed, undergoing treatment, or recovering from treatment. Family members are welcome.

For questions or to register, email Anyani Partida at apartida@stanfordhealthcare.org.


The Cancer Supportive Care Program supports the physical and emotional well-being of patients and caregivers. Sign up for virtual exercise and meditation classes, support groups, tobacco treatment services, and more. All services are free and open to the community, regardless of where you receive care. Visit us at   Stanford Cancer Supportive Care Program »

4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

First Tuesday of every month
There will be no session on 7/4 due to holiday closure.

ONLINE

FREE

Next Date: 9/6, 10/4, 11/1, 12/6, 1/3, 2/7, 3/7, 4/4, 5/2, 6/6, 8/1
Support Group

This online support group is open to patients with leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, myeloma, or myelodysplastic syndromes. This group is designed to provide mutual support and education to members. Caregivers, family, and friends are welcome.

For questions or to register, call Elizabeth Kerr, MSW at 650-308-6274 or Lisa Orr, LCSW at 650-683-5076.


The Cancer Supportive Care Program supports the physical and emotional well-being of patients and caregivers. Sign up for virtual exercise and meditation classes, support groups, tobacco treatment services, and more. All services are free and open to the community, regardless of where you receive care. Visit us at Stanford Cancer Supportive Care Program »

3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Second Tuesday of each month
No group 8/9

ONLINE

FREE

Next Date: 9/13, 10/11, 11/8, 12/13, 1/10, 2/14, 3/14, 4/11, 5/16, 6/13, 7/11, 8/8
Support Group

This online group offers encouragement, hope, education, and emotional support to lung cancer survivors, family members, or caregivers.

For questions or to register, call Lynn Chao at 650-353-8571.


The Cancer Supportive Care Program supports the physical and emotional well-being of patients and caregivers. Sign up for virtual exercise and meditation classes, support groups, tobacco treatment services, and more. All services are free and open to the community, regardless of where you receive care. Visit us at   Stanford Cancer Supportive Care Program »

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

First Wednesday of every month

Zoom

FREE

Next Date: 8/3, 9/7, 10/5, 11/2, 12/7, 1/4, 2/1, 3/1, 4/5, 5/3, 6/7, 7/5, 8/2
Support Group

This online support group is open to pancreatic and gastrointestinal cancer patients and caregivers for education, balance, strength, and support.

For questions or to register, call Patricia Varalo at 650-743-4672.


The Cancer Supportive Care Program supports the physical and emotional well-being of patients and caregivers. Sign up for virtual exercise and meditation classes, support groups, tobacco treatment services, and more. All services are free and open to the community, regardless of where you receive care. Visit us at Stanford Cancer Supportive Care Program »

2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Second Wednesday of the month

ONLINE

FREE

Next Date: 8/10, 9/14, 10/12, 11/9, 12/14, 1/11, 2/8, 3/8, 4/12, 5/10, 6/14, 7/12, 8/9

The Cancer Supportive Care Program, in partnership with Silicon Valley Prostate Cancer, offers various support groups throughout the Bay Area. These support groups give patients an opportunity to discuss their experiences, share ideas, and provide support to one another. 

Support groups offered by Silicon Valley Prostrate Cancer include:

  • Prostate Cancer Education and Support Group
  • Advanced Prostate Cancer
  • San Jose Prostate Cancer Support Group

For more information and to register, visit Silicon Valley Prostate Cancer


The Cancer Supportive Care Program supports the physical and emotional well-being of patients and caregivers. Sign up for virtual exercise and meditation classes, support groups, tobacco treatment services, and more. All services are free and open to the community, regardless of where you receive care. Visit us at Stanford Cancer Supportive Care Program »

FREE

Cardiovascular Health

Support Group

Hosted by Northern Californa Amyloidosis

This group is for all amyloidosis patients in Northern California.  Guest speakers include our medical experts and researchers.


Join us in a supportive environment to share experiences, concerns, and knowledge of amyloidosis. Open to patients, families, and support. Available on a limited basis.

No matter what form of amyloidosis you have, it is a serious, life-changing disease. Little can be more important for patients and their loved ones than to learn from other patients and their families.

We are proud to collaborate with the Northern California Amyloidosis Support Group, comprised of amyloidosis patients and their families.

This group meets four times per year, allowing patients and their families to learn more about the disease, swap stories, and support one another.


Meetings are held quarterly from 10am to 2pm on a Saturday in these months and locations:

  • January - John Muir Hospital Ball Auditorium in Walnut Creek, 1601 Ygnacio Valley Road
  • July - John Muir Hospital Ball Auditorium in Walnut Creek, 1601 Ygnacio Valley Road
  • October - John Muir Hospital Ball Auditorium in Walnut Creek, 440 Broadway, Room 2B

 

The Stanford Cancer Supportive Care Program provides FREE classes, workshops, fitness classes, services, and support to all cancer patients, regardless of where they receive their care.

View more classes and events at the Stanford Cancer Supportive Care Program »

Please contact the support group facilitator for actual dates and to RSVP for a meeting.

The goal of the Peer to Peer Support Program is to broaden healthcare for patients and families through the unique support and understanding of peer-to-peer mentoring, to foster happier, healthier lives and reduce feelings of isolation.

Peers mentors are carefully selected, trained and supported volunteers. They help other patients and their support circle address the challenges related to a disease or medical condition.

In this program, you are linked with a mentor who shares similar health and life circumstances. Through these trusted relationships, mentors provide support in many ways:

  • They listen to concerns
  • They share personal experiences
  • They serve as a resource for developing coping strategies
  • They provide guidance in negotiating healthcare systems

Peer mentors help patients and caregivers during the difficult waiting period for a donor heart and throughout the transplant process and recovery time.

Stanford Hospital

300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305

Getting Here »
For more information please contact Anne Heideck LCSW, MPH, Peer to Peer Program Coordinator 650-474-1011
Presented by: Staff from the Cardiac Arrhythmia Service.

This is a quarterly informational session and support group. Families and caregivers are welcome. A continental breakfast will be served.

Session topics:

  • Basics of an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD): How it functions and other helpful facts.
  • Support group: Living with your ICD.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Free parking on Saturday

Li Ka Shing Center
Room LK308

291 Campus Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94305

Free registration

Ann E. Thomas Phone: 650-736-6555

Caregiver

Providing caregivers of adult patients with an opportunity to discuss challenges, learn new coping strategies, and strengthen support.

Meeting dates and topics for 2015:

  • April 8, 2015 – Caring for the Caregiver: Coping and Stress Management
  • June 10, 2015 – Understanding Nutrition and Medication Needs
  • August 12, 2015 – Caring for the Caregiver: Recog-nizing Caregiver Burnout
  • October 14, 2015 – Impact of Illness on Relation ships and Intimacy
  • December 9, 2015 – Caring for the Caregiver: Coping and Stress Management

Please join us! Refreshments will be served!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Boswell Building
1st Floor, Room H0139

300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305

Getting Here »

Call for details about any upcoming groups.

Next Date: 6/10, 8/12, 10/14, 12/9
For questions about the Transplant Caregiver Support Group, please contact Caitlin West / Melissa Calnon: 650-445-8867 / 650-454-7684

Chest, Lungs, and Airways

Facilitated by: Meg Dvorak, LCSW (Adult CF Social Worker)

The Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge is a new building located at the far end of the main hallway of Stanford Hospital (from the main entry, go right and walk all the way to the end—the building is on the left)

See monthly email for details on topic and room assignment. Download an informational PDF about the group.

Note: Patients who have B cepacia, MRSA, and multi-resistant organisms may not attend in person. WebEx available for video or teleconference.

First Friday of every month
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge
3rd Floor, Room 304

291 Campus Drive
Stanford, CA 94305

Next Date: 11/7, 12/5
For information, call Meg Dvorak: 650-723-6273
Coordinated by: Susan Jacobs, RN, MS

About our Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group

Our Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group was founded in April 2004 and is coordinated by Susan Jacobs RN, MS. Meetings are held every other month. Guest speakers have addressed topics such as:

  • Experimental Therapies for IPF
  • Updates from International American Thoracic Society (ATS) Meetings
  • The Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis IPF Research Questionnaire Results
  • All You Need to Know About Oxygen
  • Exercise and the IPF Patient
  • Quality of Life at the End of Life

Please call Susan Jacobs at 650-725-8083 to confirm date and time as they are subject to change.

Second Monday of every other month
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Center for Advanced Lung Disease
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
Room H3143

Getting Here »
Call Susan Jacobs: 650-725-8083
Led by: Susan Jacobs, RN, MS

This group meets every other month. Approximately 10-15 LAM patients and their families attend meetings, which usually include a guest speaker on topics of interest, as well as time to visit and ask questions.

Every other month

Stanford Hospital

300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305

Getting Here »
For more information or to register, contact Susan Jacobs, MS, RN: 650-725-8082
Support Group


Lung & Heart-Lung Transplant Patients & Caregivers Welcome!  

Please Join Us! Beverages will be served. 

January 9: Mindfulness Techniques: Frank Kremski, MSW

March 6: Psychological Care in Transplantation: Dr. Liza Sher, Transplant Psychiatrist

May 1: Presentation by Donor Family & Donor Network West

July 10: Staying Strong Throughout Transplantation: Transplant Physical Therapist

September 4: Keeping Healthy after Transplant: Transplant Nurse Practitioner

November 6: Lung Transplant Program Update by Dr. Gundeep Dhillon, Medical Director

For more information, please contact:
Frank Kremski, MSW: 650-445-8867 or
Kelsey Winnike, LCSW 650-561-2192 or
Pali Khalsa, MSW 650-850-2049

Wednesday, January 9, 2019
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Next Date: First Wednesday of alternate months, with the exception of January and July’s groups
Facilitated by: Allyson Rupp, MSW, LCSW

Our Adult Pulmonary Hypertension Support Group has been meeting monthly since June 2001 and is facilitated by Allyson Rupp, MSW, LCSW, our Clinical Social Worker dedicated to the PH program. Meetings are held every first Monday of the month (unless otherwise noted). The intent of the group is to provide education and psychological support and resources to patients, caregivers and other support persons who are confronting the challenges of living with this chronic, progressive and potentially life-threatening diagnosis. 

Topics discussed:

  • psycho-education
  • pertinent PH-related information and resources
  • peer support to enhance coping and successful adjustment
  • quality of life issues
  • available treatment modalities
  • impacts of illness on relationships
  • advances in PH research
  • caregiver stress and coping
  • emergency preparedness
  • advanced care planning and self-advocacy

For more information, email Allyson Rupp at  ARupp@stanfordhealthcare.org or call 650-721-6555.

Or the Vera Moulton Wall Center for Pulmonary Vascular Disease  at 800-640-9255.

Email us

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Meets every first Monday of every month (unless otherwise noted)

Stanford Hospital

300 Pasteur Drive, Room H3140
Stanford, CA, 94305

Getting Here »

Please meet 10 minutes prior in CHEST CLINIC, 1st Floor, A13 if assistance is needed to meeting room.

300 Pasteur Drive, Room H3140
Stanford, CA, 94305

Next Date: 11/5, 12/3, 1/7, 2/5
NO EVENTS LINKED YET

Digestion and Metabolic Health

When: The first Monday of the month (starting 3/6/2017)
Time: 1:00 to 2:30 PM 
Location: Stanford Health Care (main hospital)
300 Pasteur Dr., Ground Level, East Pavilion, HH02A conference room
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Please join us!

  • Meet with other transplant patients and families in a confidential and safe environment
  • Learn about available resources for kidney transplant patients
  • Get help in dealing with emotions and stress.

Facilitated by Stanford Kidney Transplant Social Workers
Mila Kelman, LCSW 650-492-3135
Patti Fujii, MSW 650-483-1619
Loretta Sun, MSW 650-576-1704

1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

The first Monday of the month

Stanford Health Care (main hospital)
Ground Level, East Pavilion, HH02A conference room

300 Pasteur Dr.
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Please join us!

Support Along the Way

Losing weight takes a strong commitment on your part, and undergoing bariatric surgery as a significant part of a weight-loss program, is a major undertaking. While it's something you can do alone, there's absolutely no reason you have to – or should. We've found that to be truly successful both in the short- and long-term, it's best to have plenty of help and support along the way. And not just from your family and friends.

The Stanford Center for Bariatric Surgery offers you the opportunity to participate in numerous meetings and support groups before and after surgery to help contribute to your successful outcome. The different groups provide a friendly forum for people who are considering or have already had weight loss surgery. We offer education about the surgery, guidelines for nutrition, exercise and emotional well-being during the preparation and recovery process. The groups also involve our patients who have gone through the procedures, or who will be soon.

Patient groups are particularly helpful as they can share their experiences and provide the encouragement and reinforcement you need to succeed in changing your lifestyle behaviors. Here is a sampling of some of the meetings and groups at your disposal. Feel free to contact us regarding any of them.

Weight Loss Surgery Support Group Meetings

The Stanford Weight Loss Surgery (WLS) Support holds meetings on the second Wednesday of each month from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., at Blake-Wilbur Conference Room. Please contact the meeting facilitator or the clinic Patient Care Coordinator for meeting specifics, confirmation of date, and location.

These meetings are facilitated by a licensed professional. Discussions includes health goals, dietary requirements, exercise expectations, psychological preparation, role of family, short and long-term challenges, pre-op and post-op phases, etc.

When: Second Wednesday of each month
Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Where: Blake Wilbur Conference Room
Administered by: A licensed professional
Contact Information: Patient Care Coordinator at 650-736-5800

Each month features a special topic, followed by a Q&A. Samples of some topics include:

  • Dietary Requirements – Staying On Track - RD
  • Exercise Expectations – The Other Half of Equation - OT
  • Post-Operative Course – What to Expect -  MD
  • Psychological Adjustment – How to Cope - MSW
  • Plastic Surgery – Body Re-Modeling - MD
  • Social Events – Walk for Obesity

During these meetings, if desired, you will be assigned a Bariatric Surgery "Buddy" who can help you through the process and keep you on track.

Weight Loss Surgery Support Group Meetings

Held in: Blake Wilbur Conference Room
Date: Second Wednesday of each month
Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Blake Wilbur Building (Bariatric Surgery)
Garden Level

900 Blake Wilbur Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Getting Here »
For more information, call Bariatric Surgery: 650-736-5800

Ear, Nose, and Throat

Support Group

Acoustic neuroma, also known as vestibular schwannoma, is a slow-growing benign tumor that develops on the nerve that connects the ear and the brain. The tumor usually starts growing in the internal auditory canal and presses against the hearing and balance nerves as it grows.

At Stanford, we have treated over 1,000 acoustic neuromas over the last 20 years with surgery and radiosurgery. The Stanford Cyberknife Program is one the most active and experienced Cyberknife programs for acoustic neuromas in the U.S.

If you have been diagnosed with acoustic neuroma and have questions or wish to explore treatment options and coping strategies with other patients and clinical experts, please join us for upcoming Stanford Acoustic Neuroma Support Group meetings.

These free online support group meetings will be co-moderated by acoustic neuroma patients. The meetings consist of 20 minutes speaker presentation, 20 minutes patients' presentations of their own experiences, and open forum for discussion. Also, leading Stanford Neurosurgeon and acoustic neuroma expert Steven D. Chang, MD, will join for a Q&A session at the end of each meeting.

For questions or to register, email veevo@stanford.edu.

Past Talks

  • Acoustic Neuroma Case Presentation and Panel Discussion Video
  • The Importance of the Facial Nerve in the Symptoms and the Treatment of Acoustic Neuroma Video
  • History of the Diagnosis and Treatment of Acoustic Neuromas Video
  • Watchful Waiting: When is it Reasonable and What are The Advantages and Disadvantages? Video
  • Acoustic Neuroma Panel Discussion Video

The Neuroscience Supportive Care Program supports the physical and emotional well-being of patients and caregivers. Sign up for virtual exercise and meditation classes, support groups, and more. All services are free and open to the community, regardless of where you receive care. Visit us at Stanford Neuroscience Supportive Care Program »

 

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

ONLINE

FREE

Next Date: 8/3, 11/2, 2/1, 5/3, 8/2
NO EVENTS LINKED YET

Neuroscience

Support Group

This online group is for patients, caregivers, and friends to share their story, get important medical updates, and learn about coping with symptoms and psychological changes. 

For questions or to register, email Sharon Lamb at slamb2942@gmail.com or Joanie Taylor at momredwood@gmail.com.

 


The Supportive Care Program supports the physical and emotional well-being of patients and caregivers. Sign up for virtual exercise and meditation classes, support groups, and more. All services are free and open to the community, regardless of where you receive care. Visit us at Stanford Supportive Care Program.

 

For patients, caregivers, and friends:
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm PST
Fourth Thursday of the month
Dates: 9/22, 10/27, 12/22, 1/26, 2/23, 3/23, 4/20, 5/25, 6/22, 7/27, 8/24

For caregivers only:
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm PST
Second Thursday of the month
Dates: 9/8, 10/13, 11/10, 12/8, 1/12, 2/9, 3/9, 4/13, 5/11, 6/8, 7/13, 8/10

ONLINE

FREE

Support Group

This is an informative online meeting for those living with Myasthenia Gravis (MG), and their loved ones. We offer a welcoming place to ask questions regarding care management techniques, new drugs, clinical trials, and living life to the fullest.

Click here to register for the 8/9 support group.

For questions or to register, call 650-725-4341 or email NeuromuscularResearch@stanford.edu.


The Neuroscience Supportive Care Program supports the physical and emotional well-being of patients and caregivers. Sign up for virtual exercise and meditation classes, support groups, and more. All services are free and open to the community, regardless of where you receive care. Visit us at Stanford Neuroscience Supportive Care Program »

5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

FREE

Next Date: 8/9, 11/8, 2/14, 5/9, 8/8
Support Group

Please join us for a friendly and supportive environment for stroke patients, their family and caregivers. This support group, in partnership with the Pacific Stroke Association, will have guest speakers every other month, focusing on a holistic approach to provide wellness to the stroke community.

If you are interested in attending one or more of these presentations, please register by calling 650-721-8500.


The Stanford Supportive Care Program provides free classes, workshops, fitness classes, services, and support to all neuroscience patients regardless of where they receive their care.

12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.

2nd Thursday of the month
No in-person group until further notice.

Stanford Neuroscience Health Center

213 Quarry Road
Basement Floor, Conference Room 0511
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Getting Here »

FREE

To register or for more information, call 650-721-8500

Sexual and Reproductive Health

Led by: Penny Donnelly, RN, LMFT

Penny Donnelly, RN, LMFT is the director of the support programs at Stanford's Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Center. She has developed and led a number of counseling and health education programs for patients and facilitates support groups for infertility, third party reproduction (donor egg, donor sperm, use of gestational carrier), and weight loss. Her programs reflect genuine caring, support and guidance. We have also recently implemented a designated group for single women exploring fertility preservation or parenting.

This group is for those exploring or moving towards using donor egg, donor sperm, or using a gestational carrier. We explore the many educational, emotional, ethical, and logistical considerations. 

For more information, please navigate to the Stanford Fertility and Reproductive Medicine Center. If you are interested in more personalized information about our programs, please email IVFnurse@stanfordmed.org.

Private and couples counseling also available, with NO charge for the first session.

Dates and Times TBD

Fertility and Reproductive Medicine Center
Suite 200

900 Welch Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Getting Here »

Free Event

Led by: Penny Donnelly, RN, LMFT

Penny Donnelly, RN LMFT is the director of the support programs at Stanford's Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Center. She has developed and led a number of counseling and health education programs for patients and facilitates support groups for infertility, third party reproduction (donor egg, donor sperm, use of gestational carrier), and weight loss. Her programs reflect genuine caring, support and guidance. We have also recently implemented a designated group for single women exploring fertility preservation or parenting.

This group is for women (or couples) that would like support as they negotiate the "ups and downs" of fertility treatments.  We will share strategies for improved coping including some mind/body modalities. Sharing, restructuring negative or distorted thinking patterns, improving communication skills, and learning the gift of forgiveness and resilience are some sample agendas. The spirit of this on-going and open group is to provide the attendees with a sense of optimism and emotional stability as they undergo treatments and make decisions about fertility options. 

8/12/14 Stress Reduction Strategies    

  • Eliciting the Relaxation Response
  • Twenty things that bring you joy
  • Being "in the flow"
  • Mindfulness – focusing on the present and the foundations of a mindfulness practice
  • Taping into your "inner" wisdom

9/9/14 Making the Most of Your Fertility Treatments

  • Lifestyle Guidelines
  • Staying connected
  • Life Balance
  • Positive thinking and optimism
  • Finding the best in your partner

For more information, please navigate to the Stanford Fertility and Reproductive Medicine Center. If you are interested in more personalized information about our programs, please email IVFnurse@stanfordmed.org.

Private and couples counseling also available, with NO charge for the first session.

Dates and Times TBD

Fertility and Reproductive Medicine Center
Suite 200
900 Welch Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Getting Here »

Free