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Find encouragement at Valley View

Valley View Hospital is forming two new support groups, one for caregivers and one for cancer patients.Caregiving can be difficult for families, especially when it comes to balancing the needs of the person who is ill with those of the family, as well as other responsibilities.The group will explore techniques of care for the caregiver and emotional support for frustration, anger and even despair.It will offer help for those who must refocus personal goals, dreams, priorities and expectations to include a life of caregiving. Together the group will draw upon practical, psychological and spiritual Support, offering dignity and emotional nourishment to help caregivers cope and recharge.The caregivers support group will meet twice a month on the second and fourth Thursdays, from 5-6:30 p.m. at the spiritual care office in the hospital. The first meeting is Thursday, April 13.Marti Duprey will be the support group leader and the co-sponsor is hospital chaplain Patty Harris. Duprey is a long-time resident of Glenwood Springs and has been a social and human services counselor for many years. She is known throughout the community for her grief support. She also named the 2005 Humanitarian of the Year by the Garfield County Human Services Commission.Receiving a diagnosis of cancer is one of the most challenging of life’s transitions, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. The intent of the group is to share experiences, recognizing that each person’s experiences are unique and each person has specialized needs and ways of coping.The support group will offer a safe, confidential environment to talk openly and express concerns and emotions.Meetings will include information about integrating body, mind and spirit into healing, health concerns, fears of recurrence, relationships with family, friends, physicians and employers, self-image and complementary therapies.The group will meet twice a month on the first and third Thursdays, from 5-7 p.m. in the spiritual care office in the hospital.It will be led by Debi Martinez and co-sponsored by chaplain Patty Harris. Martinez has a masters degree in social work and has served as a mental health counselor leading individual and group therapy programs. She is also a breast cancer survivor.Both support groups are free of charge and are open to all caregivers, professional and private, and all cancer patients currently in treatment as well as those no longer being treated.For more information about the groups, call Patty Harris, 384-6790; Marti Duprey, 618-3043 or Debi Martinez, 309-3508.


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