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Support Groups & Classes

Life After Breast Cancer

A support discussion for women who have been diagnosed, are going through or have gone through treatment for breast cancer. Meetings are held at Lakeland Regional Cancer Center every 6 weeks from 6:00-7:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Tina Weakland, Nurse Navigator, LRCC at 904-1943.

Pillars4Life

Lakeland Regional is proud to partner with LIVESTRONG to once again bring the Pillars4Life program to our community! This free, once-a-week, 10-week interactive, online course is designed for those who have been diagnosed with cancer and live in or are treated in the Polk County area, and want to learn to THRIVE in the face of cancer. Space for the course is limited, so participants are encouraged to pre-register early during the open enrollment period. Each time Pillars4Life is offered, up to 15 participants can take part in the program.

The next course is offered beginning September 19 and enrollment is open now. These courses will be offered on Thursdays from 5:30-6:45 PM.

The course will be facilitated by Anne Frick, MSW, Social Worker, who is specially trained to lead the Pillars4Life core curriculum. Pillars4Life has been proven in a study at the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center to enhance the quality of life for cancer patients dealing with a range of symptoms, including distress, despair, helplessness, hopelessness and fatigue.

Pillars4Life teaches concrete skills for relieving fear, clearing confusion, gaining a sense of control, and cultivating inner peace. These skills improve decision-making, allow patients to optimize their support systems, help them mobilize resources for getting their needs met and ultimately improve the quality of their lives. As a highly-structured, solution-focused, psycho-educational program, Pillars4Life provides patients and their loved ones with tools for reimagining their cancer journeys and re-engaging in their lives. The skills they learn are skills for life and skills for a lifetime—during cancer treatment and beyond.

The Pillars4Life program is presently being implemented in only 20 hospitals across the United States, and it is funded by the LIVESTRONG Foundation Community Impact Project Grant.

To learn more or to pre-register (if open enrollment is currently in process) for the next Pillars4Life program offered through Lakeland Regional, click here.  If you have questions about Lakeland Regional’s upcoming Pillars4Life program, please call (863) 284-1744 or email Pillars4life@LRMC.com.

For a list of frequently asked questions, click here.

Cardiac Education

HeartSmarts:  Whether your goal is to decrease your risk for heart disease, to live well with existing heart disease, or just to better understand it, this class will provide the basic information you need.  Topics include risk factors, nutrition, exercise and symptom management.  Classes will be held the second Tuesday of every month from 2:00 – 3:00 pm in B-Wing Classroom B201. Registration is not required for this free program. For more information about HeartSmarts please contact Neppie Alexander at 863-687-1100, extension 5735, or by email at Neppie.Alexander@lrmc.com.

Heart Disease Support Group:  Individuals with heart disease, their care-givers, family and friends share experiences and support. Guest speakers provide education and information on topics of interest to the group. The support group meets the second Tuesday of every month, following the Heartsmart Class, from 3:00 – 4:00 pm in B-Wing classroom B201.

CPR and First Aid

Citizen CPR, Inc. provides a variety of infant, child and adult CPR classes, as well as first aid and baby/child safety classes. Recommended for all parents, grandparents, baby-sitters and child care providers. For a class schedule, contact Citizen CPR, Inc. at 680-1277, email citizencpr@msn.com, or visit their website at www.citizencprinc.com.

Diabetes Support Group

The Diabetes Support Group meets monthly (except summer months) from October through May. The program includes a guest speaker. Call LRMC’s Diabetes Education Department at 284-1604 to be added to the mailing list. The meeting location alternates between LRMC on even months and Watson Clinic on odd months.

Diabetes Self-Managment Class

Whether you’re newly diagnosed or need a refresher, LRMC’s Diabetes Self-Management class helps people to understand and care for their diabetes, so they can feel their best and prevent complications in the future. The program is accredited by the American Diabetes Association. Most insurance plans cover the class fee. Day and night classes available. A doctor’s referral is required. For more information or to register, call 284-1604.

Total Joint Replacement Pre-operative Education Class

Location: B-Wing Classroom, B201 (located on the 2nd floor)
Date and Time: Wednesdays from 2:30 until 3:30 p.m.

This class is designed to inform elective total joint replacement patients and their families about what to expect with regard to surgery, from the pre-operative period to post hospital recuperation. The class is lead by an interdisciplinary team compromised of physical therapists, social services and orthopedic nurses. Topics covered include pain management, daily routine, ambulation, exercises and discharge planning.  No Registration required but for more information call Clarissa Watkins at 687-1000 ext. 2975.

Prepared Childbirth Saturday Course – all day

Days of Class: Saturday
Class Duration: All Day
Price: $55 per couple (includes interactive book)

The class is condensed with a primary focus on the labor & delivery aspect. The classes are held from 9:00 am to 5:00 p.m. Lunch on your own from 12:00 to 1 p.m. Call 687-1100 ext. 2097 for more information or register online.

Breastfeeding Class

Days of Class: Select Weeknights and Saturdays
Class Duration: 2 1/2 hours
Price: $15 (includes breastfeeding book)

For expectant mothers who are considering breast-feeding their newborn. This class will give parents the knowledge that leads to successful breast-feeding. Partners are encouraged to attend. The class is held on select weeknights from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Call 687-1100 ext. 2097 for more information or register online.

Newborn Care Class

Days of Class: weekday evenings
Class Duration: 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Price: $15 per couple (includes book about newborn care and parenting)

For expectant parents who are seeking to learn more about caring for their new baby during the first few months of life. Topics covered include infant bathing, diapering, and cord care, dressing, feeding and burping. Also covers various ways the infant communicates through body language and crying patterns, signs of illness, when to call a care provider and how to adjust to becoming a family. This class is held on select nights and select Saturdays.  Call 687-1100 ext. 2097 for more information or register online.

Stroke Survivor and Caregiver Support Group

Days of Class: the third Wednesday of every month
Class Duration: 2 to 3 p.m.
Location: Wellman Center Conference Room at Lakeland Regional Medical Center

For more information, please contact Stroke Program Coordinator Carrie Risher, MSN, RN-BC, CMSRN, MA.Ed  at 863-687-1100 x6248 or email at Carrie.Risher@lrmc.com  Registration is not required for this free program.

Pulmonary Rehab Support Group

Days of Class: the second Friday of every month
Class Duration: 10:30 a.m to Noon

This is an open support group for anyone dealing with respiratory problems.  Meetings focus on various topics related to living with and coping with lung disease, COPD, Pulmonary Fibrosis, or Asthma.  For more information or to be placed on our mailing list, please call Bobbi Brown at 687-1100 ext. 3240.

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