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Amputee Support Group: A support group for amputees and their families. This group meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month at HealthSouth, 1212 W. Lancaster Ave. For more information, please call 817-870-2336.

Aphasia Support Group: A support group for patients and families who have experienced a loss of communication skills following a stroke, brain injury or disease. This group meets at 11:30 a.m. on the third Friday of each month in the Heart Center South Classroom (Classroom S). For more information, please call April Crawford or Kristi Ferguson, 817-250-2760.

Better Breather Club: A support group for patients and families with chronic lung problems, including emphysema, bronchitis and asthma. Meets at 1 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month. Lunch is provided. For more information, please call 817-882-3972.

Brain Injury Support Group meets from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in the hospital's Therapy Services Classroom. For more information, call  Dorothy Conway at 817-250-2760.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Support Group: Meetings of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Support Group are intended for anyone who has ever been diagnosed with any form of heart disease or who has had an ICD. They are free of charge. Follow this link to see a schedule of meetings for 2014. If you are interested in attending please email hearthelpers@texashealth.org or call 817-250-5055. If you have any questions please also call 817-250-5055.

Caregiver Support Group meets from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on second Thursday of each month at the Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth Education Center (see screen for room assignment). For more information, call Dorothy Conway at 817-250-2760.

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Support Group: A program for sharing information and experiences among people with ICDs and their families. Times, dates and locations vary. For more information, please call 817-250-2499.

Lance-a-Lots Diabetes Support Group: A support group for those with diabetes and their families. Meetings are open to anyone interested in learning more about diabetes. No fees are required for participation. Programs provide Diabetes Self-Management Support for Healthy Eating, Being Active, Monitoring, Taking Medications, Problem Solving, Healthy Coping, and Reducing Risks. Location is in the Robb Rutledge Education Center in the Plaza level, below the Visitor Parking Garage. Parking passes are provided. For more information, call 817-250-3646. Meetings are on fourth Thursday each month from 7 to 8 p.m., with two exceptions: November meeting is on the second Thursday and there is no meeting in December.

Living Well with Heart Failure Support Group: Meets every third Monday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Meetings are free and everyone is welcome. The first 30-45 minutes are interactive education programs taught by professionals skilled in heart failure management. The last 15-30 minutes include time to share with other members of the group. Call Kim Trull, RN for questions or to register: 817-250-2499.

  • Session 1: What is Heart Failure?
    • Meets Jan. 20, 2014, May 19, 2014, Sept. 15, 2014
  • Session 2: Hypertension and its Role in Heart Disease and Heart Failure
    • Meets Feb. 17, 2014, June 16, 2014, Oct. 20, 2014
  • Session 3: Medications
    • Meets March 17, 2014, July 21, 2014, Nov. 17, 2014
  • Session 4: Dietary Guidelines for Sodium and Cholesterol
    • Meets April 21, 2014, Aug. 18, 2014, Dec. 15, 2014   

Parkinson’s Support Group meets from 3 to 4 p.m. on the second Thursday of every ODD month at the Heart Center South Classroom (Classroom S). For more information, call Beth Watson at 817-250-2760.

Renal Transplant Program Kidney Support Group meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. in Classroom C of the Rutledge Education Center. Download and print a map with directions to the education center. Dialysis and transplant patients, family and friends are welcome. Bring your parking ticket for validation. Scheduled topics include:

  • Jan. 8, 2014: Ask the Coordinators; Question and Answer Forum - Speakers are Hayley Gilliland, R.N., A.D.N. and Rozyln Fuller, R.N., A.D.N. (Transplant Coordinators)
  • Feb. 12, 2014: Meet  the Transplant Surgeon - Speaker is Tariq Khan, M.D, F.A.C.S., F.I.C.S
  • March 12, 2014: Exercise Options - Fitness Health Center Fort Worth
  • April 9, 2014: Healthy Eating - Speaker is Mary Hardy, RDLD
  • May 14, 2014: Advanced Directives - Speaker is Angelo Betancourt, Chaplain
  • June 11, 2014: Financial Aspects of Transplant - Speaker is Deborah Kendrick, financial coordinator, Kidney Transplant Program

STEPS to Surviving Breast Cancer: For more information, please call 817-820-4805.

Stroke Folks: Formed in 2002 and led by Marc Stevens, a stroke survivor, Stroke Folks helps survivors and their loved ones understand the physical and emotional changes accompanying a stroke and promote the healing process. Monthly newsletters are sent to participants providing information about the program and topics to be covered in the upcoming meetings. Stroke Folks meets at 4 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. The group typically meets at Texas Rehab Hospital, 425 Alabama Avenue. For more information, please call Stevens at 817-454-6963.

The Weight-Loss Surgery Program provides patient support groups on the first Thursday of every month. Meetings are held from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Education Center. Topics and meetings dates for 2014 are:

Jan. 2 Chair exercises: Tips for non-ambulatory patients and Core Exercises
Feb. 6 How to make change happen
March 6 Food for your Mood
April 3 Secrets to Success (Patient Success Stories)
May 1 Mental Health changes with Age
June 5 Walk for your heart: Tips on how to determine your heart rate, walking goals, etc.
July 3 No meeting due to holiday
Aug. 7 "The Secret Weapon to Good Health"
Sept. 4 Effects of Bariatric Surgery on the family
Oct. 2 Importance and benefits of strength training
Nov. 6 Having a Thankful Heart
Dec. 4 Holiday Party

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