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Social Groups

WOCA recognizes that cancer is a life changing journey, which should not be traveled alone. 

If you would like to be paired with a mentor, please email Ashley at ashley@wisconsinovariancancer.org

Ovarian Cancer Social Groups

The Teal Magnolias

Encouraging those diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer. This is a time to connect with other survivors that may be going through a similar experience. 

Sessions are held the fourth Wednesday of the month

10:00am-11:30am. 

Location:

The New Berlin Public Library, Heritage Room:

15105 W Library Ln, New Berlin, WI 53151

2024 Sessions:

March 27th

May 22nd- with Nutritionist Jodi Kasten from Advocate Aurora Health. 

July 24th

Sept 25th

Nov 20th

Email Jennifer@wisconsinovariancancer.org to reserve your spot today!

Purpose of our group:  *Friendship with others on this shared OC journey - *Inspire and be inspired – *Share with and learn from others in the group - *Provide support when needed - *Reach out to potential members with similar ideals - *Educate others and the community about OC - *Advocate for one another - * Most of all, HAVE FUN!!!

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"The Fried Eggs - Sunny Side Up"

Mission Statement – The “Fried Eggs – Sunny Side Up” is an ovarian cancer survivors’ social group in the Madison, Wisconsin area.  In an upbeat atmosphere, we share our friendship, our stories and our lives with one another.  We have monthly lunch meetings, invite speakers on topics of interest, plan field trips and raise awareness of ovarian cancer through fundraising and education.

Purpose of our group:  *Friendship with others on this shared OC journey - *Inspire and be inspired – *Share with and learn from others in the group - *Provide support when needed - *Reach out to potential members with similar ideals - *Educate others and the community about OC - *Advocate for one another - *Support the missions of; UW Cancer Center (Ovarian Cancer Research) & the Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance (“WOCA”) (Education, Advocacy and Funding of Research) - * Most of all, HAVE FUN!!!

We have reached (as of summer 2018) 30+ members on our roster! 

We welcome ovarian cancer survivors who share the same passion, ideals and desire to socialize in an upbeat, positive and fun group of “teal sisters”!

For more information, please contact:

Mary Ann Johnson- maryannjohnson1205@gmail.com

Young Survivor Group

Encouraging those diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer at a younger age. This is a time to connect with other young survivors that may be going through a similar experience. Sessions are held virtually unless otherwise noted.  

2024 Sessions:

March 7th

April 4th

June 6th

August 1st

September 5th

October 3rd

November 7th

December 5th 

Sessions are held monthly the first Thursday of the month at 7pm (Central Time). 

If you would like to receive information, please email Jennifer: jennifer@wisconsinovariancancer.org.

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Ovarian Cancer Social Group Guidelines

Below are guidelines each of our social groups should adhere to. 

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  • Everything said and heard in the group will be treated with respect for the participants’ privacy. What is said in the group stays in the group.

  • Silence is acceptable. No one needs to say anything she/he does not wish to say. The group is supportive rather than judgmental.

  • The group offers respect for individual choices and experiences.

  • Only one person talks at a time.

  • We give supportive attention to the person who is speaking and avoid side conversations.  

  • We avoid interrupting. If we do break in, we return the conversation to the person who was speaking.

  • No one is allowed to dominate the conversation.

  • The group is a safe place to share feelings, and to obtain and provide support, information, reassurance, and encouragement.

  • Although the results of going to a group can be therapeutic, the group is not meant to replace individual therapy.

  • The group is broadly defined. It is flexible; flowing with the participants’ needs and interests and provides an opportunity to reduce feelings of isolation.

  • Begin and end meetings on time.

  • We do not discuss group members who are not present.

"Staying Connected"- Online Support Group Series 

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Gynecologic cancer patients and survivors are invited to join the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance weekly for their virtual support discussions facilitated by their Oncology Licensed Clinical Social Worker. This online gathering is a great way to meet others, share experiences and connect while social distancing. Registration is required. 

Multiple Sessions are held monthly.  For more information on times & registration click the button below! 

 

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Gilda's Club -Madison

Natural Herbs

Gilda's Club Madison provides free emotional support, cancer education, and hope for children and adults with any kind of cancer and those who care for them.  

Find out more by visiting:

http://gildasclubmadison.org/

 

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