A support group for survivors of cancer and other serious illnesses will hold its inaugural meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the Avera Cancer Institute.

“Pressing Forward” will be led by Heather Salis, a social worker at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital.

“I’ve seen how much benefit support groups can bring to people dealing with cancer or other serious illnesses, such as end-stage renal disease,” Salis said. “Sharing stories and coping mechanisms — as well as tears and laughter — can provide healing and hope for those facing difficult circumstances. One of the things I tell people is that supporting is healing.”

Benefits of participating in a support group may include:

• Feeling less lonely, isolated or judged;

• Reducing distress, depression, anxiety or fatigue;

• Talking openly and honestly about your feelings;

• Improving skills to cope with challenges;

• Staying motivated to manage chronic conditions or stick to treatment plans;

• Gaining a sense of empowerment, control or hope;

• Improving understanding of a disease and your own experience with it;

• Getting practical feedback about treatment options; and

• Learning about health, economic or social resources.

These hour-long support group sessions will take place on the third Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. The Avera Cancer Institute is located at 1115 West Ninth St.

To learn more, contact Heather at 605-668-8659.

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