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Patient and Caregiver support groups

A melanoma diagnosis can often be a vulnerable time in a person’s life. IMPACT Melanoma recognizes the strength that group settings can have when people come together to share sensitive feelings and concerns about their illness. We offer support groups for patients and caregivers as an outlet to address fears and uncertainty, increase opportunities to talk with others who share a melanoma diagnosis, enhance knowledge of melanoma and treatment options and identify coping strategies to address the emotional challenges that may people experience when diagnosed with cancer. The term caregiver is defined as a loved one who is directly affected by someone in their life who has a melanoma diagnosis.

Our support groups offer a safe and confidential space for both patients and caregivers. They are facilitated by experienced licensed mental health clinicians and/or nurses who have vast knowledge about how melanoma can impact patients and caregivers in various ways. Patients both in active treatment and out of treatment are welcome to attend our support groups. Some patients may feel the need to connect at the beginning of their melanoma journey while others feel the need for support once treatment is completed and they are no longer followed as closely by their medical team.

All of our support groups offered through IMPACT melanoma are free of charge and are available in multiple locations, including telephonic groups for those who may not be able to attend an in person group or prefer to connect by phone.

Please see our Support Groups page to find groups for patients and survivors, as well as for caregivers. 

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Survivor Stories

Welcome to our Survivor Stories web page. Here you will you find inspirational stories of strength and courage from melanoma survivors eager to share their experience in hopes of encouraging others. Thank you to everyone who has shared their story on this site.

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Jeanne Myers
Jeanne Myers
Bob Heffernan
Bob Heffernan
ED CUSICK
ED CUSICK
JOSEPH JOYCE
JOSEPH JOYCE
BRANDY COXSON
BRANDY COXSON
SARA MCHUGH
SARA MCHUGH
heather webb
HEATHER WEBB
JEAN STANDRING
JEAN STANDRING
SHARREL PAUL
SHARREL PAUL
CAROLE MALONEY
CAROLE MALONEY
Karen Irons
Karen Irons
Tim Fater
Tim Fater
Karen Demers
Karen Demers
Mark Buckley
Mark Buckley
Sarah Aasheim
Sarah Aasheim
ERIN ALYCE SHANNON
ERIN ALYCE SHANNON
CANDICE POWELL
CANDICE POWELL
HILARY DILLON
HILARY DILLON
MIKALA ZYLINSKI
MIKALA ZYLINSKI
LAUREN DOUGLAS
LAUREN DOUGLAS
SANDY WEBB
SANDY WEBB
Sara Waller
Sara Waller
Meghan Rothschild
Meghan Rothschild
Kelli Pedroia
Kelli Pedroia
Jessica DeJongh
Jessica DeJongh

Billy’s Buddies is our one-on-one patient and caregiver program. Founded in 2006 the program focuses on providing peer connections to enhance support and a sense of relatedness around the challenges associated with melanoma.

Click here for more information on Billy’s Buddies.