Support for patients & families

Bosom Buddies
This informational support group is for all women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. The group offers opportunities to share feelings and experiences, as well as information. The group meets from 6:30 – 8 p.m., the first Tuesday of each month at SoutheastHEALTHPoint Plaza. For more information, contact Barb McKeon at 573-334-7388.

C.O.O.L. Camp
Each Fall, Southeast Hospice sponsors C.O.O.L. (Children Overcoming Outstanding Loss)camp. This one-day retreat is designed to provide support for children ages 6-15 (children age 5 would be considered with recommendation from a teacher or counselor) who have experienced the death of a friend or family member. The day’s activities include storytelling, games, coping and recreational activities to promote education, support, and fun. Contact Lynn Boren for more information at 573.335.6208 or 1-888-397-0646.

Grief Support Groups
These groups offer a safe place where adults come together to share their grief following the death of a loved one.  Trained facilitators offer educational programs and an opportunity to share and heal. The group offers participants understanding, support and hope.   Meetings are the Third Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. at HealthPoint Plaza in Cape Girardeau, MO. For more information, call  Julie Metzger in Social Services at 573-651-5549.

Journeys is an opportunity for patients and/or their caregivers to learn about cancer. Journeys also provides an opportunity for patients and/or caregivers to meet, talk and network with others who have been affected by cancer.

Turning Point
This program is a destination for those diagnosed with breast cancer within the past year. It addresses healing for the mind, body, and spirit. This six week series is held in the spring and the fall on Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The meetings are held at Southeast HealthPoint Plaza in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Topics during the sessions include journaling, chemotherapy and radiation, energy conservation, lymphedema, nutrition, spirituality, exercise guidelines, and the American Cancer Society’s Look Good/Feel Better program.

Participants receive a free six month membership to HealthPoint Fitness and a personal fitness assessment to begin an appropriate exercise program. For more information, please call Southeast Cancer Center at 573.519.4847.

United Ostomy Association
The goal of the United Ostomy Association is to offer programs and activities that lessen the practical and emotional burden of those who have undergone ostomy surgery so that they may live as fully as possible. Meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month at 4:30 p.m. in the Harrison Room at Southeast Hospital and is facilitated by Linda Wessel. For information, call Patient Education at 573-651-5844.

We Can Weekend
Each spring, families from all over the area gather at the beautiful Sunnen Center at the YMCA of the Ozarks, near Potosi, for We Can Weekend. It is a unique experience developed to meet some of the special concerns of families learning to cope with cancer. We Can Weekend is a time of sharing and a time of touching the lives of others in a wonderful way. The program is sponsored by the Southeast Cancer Center.