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Support Groups

Support groups provide a valuable resource to our patients and family members. MUSC Children's Hospital offers several support groups and also promotes many support groups offered in the community.

Bereavement Support Group for Teens

A structured 8-week support group for teens who have experienced the death of a loved one or those who have a loved one with a life-threatening illness. Held at various times throughout the year at the Mourning to Morning Bereavement Center at Hospice of Charleston. For information about upcoming groups, please contact Paula Mellichamp, Bereavement Counselor, at 843-529-3100 or by e-mail at pmellichamp@hospiceofcharleston.org.

CanTeen Support Group for Teens with Cancer

Can-Teen is a support group for adolescents with cancer. Can-teen provides opportunities for teens to meet their peers, have fun, offer resources and promote well-being and leadership. Can-Teen was created to bring teenagers with cancer together so they can share experiences, help those that are newly diagnosed and to build friendships. For more information, call Michelle Vandermaas at 843-792-1380.

Diabetes Support Group

The Diabetes social/support groups are run by MUSC Pediatric Endocrinology social worker. The groups provide support and social interaction for children with diabetes as well as their families. You may contact Megan Taft, LMSW @ taft@musc.edu or 843-876-1527, for more information and dates for upcoming groups.

Family Connection of South Carolina

Family Connection's mission is to strengthen families who have children with developmental delays, disabilities or chronic illnesses through a parent-to-parent network of family-focused support to provide assurance, information, community awareness and enhanced parent/professional relationships. Visit familyconnectionsc.org for more information, or call 800-578-8750.

FitKids After-School Program

This program is designed to help children learn how to establish healthy eating and physical activity behaviors. Staff members include a nutritionist, an exercise psychologist and a child psychologist. This 4-week program for children ages 9-12 will be held April 5-29, 3:45-5:15 p.m., every Tuesday and Thursday at the Harper Student Center. Space is limited to 16 children and the fee is $125. For more information, call 843-792-4141 or e-mail newtonj@musc.edu.

MUSC Hydrocephalus Support Group

Join us at facebook.com/MUSChydrocephalus to meet other MUSC patients and families  living with hydrocephalus.  Get facts about hydrocephalus, links to state and national hydrocephalus foundations and share experiences or questions.  Be sure to check out our Hydrocephalus Fact of the Week!

The Lowcountry Sickle Cell Support Group

This group meets monthly at the Colleton County Memorial Library, 600 Hampton Street, in Walterboro. For more information and to find out when the next meeting is, e-mail Lowcountry.Support@gmail.com or call Melissa at 843-549-7046.

Mothers of Multiples (for parents with twins, triplets and more)

The Charleston Area Mothers of Multiples club offers support for mothers, parents and caregivers of multiples through camaraderie, education materials and speakers. CAMOM is a local, non-profit group that was started over 30 years ago and currently has over 120 members. Meetings are open to all and take place the second Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m., at St. Francis Hospital (or a local restaurant). Support meetings are held the fourth Thursday of each month at a Barnes & Noble in the Tri-County area. For more information, please contact Connie Moody at 843-873-4746.

Palmetto Hearts

Palmetto Hearts serves and supports South Carolinians touched by Congenital Heart Defects and Diseases.  Believing individuals' and families' needs vary as greatly as the CHDs affecting them, we offer several types of support — emotional, informational, social, and financial.  We present a yearly conference on CHD-related topics, offer family outings, a yearly reunion with the MUSC Pediatric Cardiology Department, and provide financial assistance as funds are available for travel, hotel, meal, and bereavement expenses.  Please e-mail Sara at sara@palmettohearts.org, call 888-580-3052, or visit our Web site, palmettohearts.org, for more information.

Shannon's Hope (for children who have lost someone close to them)

Shannon's Hope is a special weekend camp for grieving children from 6 to 15 years of age. Held at Camp St. Christopher on Seabrook Island since 1989, Shannon's Hope offers an opportunity for children to experience an accepting and fun environment in which they can express and share their feelings about the loss of a parent, sibling, grandparent or close friend. A small fee for the weekend camp is requested, however, scholarships are available based on need. For more information on Shannon's Hope, call Kathy Berry at 843-216-7323. Shannon's Hope is a program provided by Bridges.

Sickle Cell Sisters (for teenage girls with sickle cell disease)

Sickle Cell Sisters is a therapeutic support group for teenage girls between the ages of 13 and 18. The group focuses on psychosocial aspects of living with sickle cell disease. This support group meets every other month. For more information about this group, please contact Child Life Specialists Samantha Flick and Lauren Schwarz at 843-792-1968.

Tender Memories Perinatal Loss Support Group

The Tender Memories Perinatal Loss Support Group helps men and women deal with grief and depression they feel after losing a pregnancy. This free group, led by obstetric nurses trained in pregnancy bereavement issues meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Prenatal Wellness Center, 135 Cannon Street, Suite 202 (Cannon Place), in Charleston, SC. Please call 843-792-6395 for more information.

Turner Syndrome Support Group

Marisa Gallagher, pediatric endocrinology social worker, coordinates a group of children of all ages with Turner Syndrome as well as their families. Please contact Marisa Gallagher, gallagmw@musc.edu or 843-876-1527, for more information and interest in participating in a Turner Syndrome Support Group.