Major life changes: Transitions is a caring support group that helps people deal with traumatic changes and chart goals and strategies to achieve them with the help of professional counselors, Rev. Dee Graham and Dr. Don Thompson, assisted by Jane Thompson. Transitions meets 5-6:30 p.m. every Sunday at Congregational United Church of Christ, 3700 26th St. W., Bradenton; 739-7103 or 309–0200.
Cancer: Caring Friends Cancer Support Group meets 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Blake Medical Center Dolphin Pelican Room, 2020 59th St. W., Bradenton FL 334209. The group is free, doctor-supported and no registration is required. Information: 798-6056.
n A caregivers’ group meets at 10 a.m. the first Tuesday of the month in the choir room of Christ United Methodist Church, 5512 26th St. W. Information: 755-2722.
n Manatee Memorial Hospital hosts a Women Living With Cancer group 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of every month at the Medical Office Building Suite 4-G Conference Room. Information: 745-7204.
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Living with cancer: Manatee Memorial Hospital, 206 Second St. E., hosts a “Women Living With Cancer” support group 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of every month. The support group is open to women who have experienced any type of cancer. Information: 745-7204.
Self-esteem: The Women’s Resource Center of Manatee, 1926 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, offers a Women’s Self-Esteem Support Group, 5:30-7 p.m. Thursdays at the center. The group will deal with issues of self-esteem, change and how to move forward in your life. Sandy Galleghar, LCSW, will lead the group. Cost: $2. Information: 747-6797.
Women’s support: Door of Hope, a women’s support group, meets at 6:45 p.m. every other Thursday at International Theological Seminary, 5415 26th St. W. Information: 753-7616.
Exercise for the Breast Cancer Victor: Exercise is an important component in the recovery process of breast cancer. Learn the techniques to improving breast health after cancer from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, at the Cancer Resource Center at Blake Medical Center. Presenter: Marsha Shuford. For tickets, call (941) 798-6189. For more info, call Marsha Shuford at the same number.
Yoga for Cancer Patients: Yoga is a type of exercise format that helps cancer patients promote circulation, and gently exercises muscles and joints. Provided by the Wellness Community from 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 6, at the Cancer Resource Center at Blake Medical Center. For more information or to register, call Ann Silverman at (941) 465-1590.
Caring Friends: Meets every Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Pelican Room at Blake Medical Center. Cancer patients, their families and friends are invited. Information: 798-6262
Learning About Cancer: The “I Can Cope” series is supported by the American Cancer Society. Each presentation offers information to help those with a diagnosis of cancer to take control and learn more about their disease and the options for living and coping with it. The first in the series gives an overview of cancer. It is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, at The Cancer Resource Center at Blake Medical Center. Information: (941) 798-6267.
“Pink Tea”: Join others at the Cancer Resource Center at Blake Medical Center for “Pink Tea” from 11:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 14, as part of a series of events in the “Hunt for Pink October” event. All is done as an effort to support the American Cancer Society in the “Hunt for the Cure.” Ticket: (888) 359-3552 or visit blakemedicalcenter.com. For more info, contact Diane Lehman at (941) 798-6267.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a great way to fight back against breast cancer and provide hope to all people facing the disease. Making Strides is not a race; it is a celebration of survivorship, an occasion to express hope, and a shared goal to end a disease that threatens the lives of so many people we love. There is no registration fee and people of all ages are welcome to participate on Saturday, Oct. 23, at Sarasota Polo Club in Lakewood Ranch. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m., walk begins at 9:00 a.m.