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Patient Advocacy Groups

Clara McLean House

Clara’s House offers a welcoming setting for several patient advocacy groups.  Here, recovering patients find a caring, peaceful environment for sharing experiences and learning from one another.  Advocacy groups also provide forums for obtaining health information and referrals to resources and services.

Clara’s House currently hosts advocacy groups for patients recovering from or living with cancer and Parkinson’s disease.  For more information, please contact the group coordinator at (910) 715-4230.

Cancer Advocacy Groups

A diagnosis of cancer can feel like the end of the world.  Many have found that a cancer advocacy group can help them deal with the realities of having and living with cancer.  Cancer groups hosted at Clara’s House include:


Yoga and Meditation – Created for cancer patients, this class is led by a credentialed instructor.  Learn exercise, meditation, breathing and relaxation techniques to help you in managing and coping with your disease – in both body and spirit.  


Young Adults with Cancer – Founded by Genevieve Sounia, a beloved community member who spent many of her last days at Clara’s House, this group helps members cope with the unique problems that young adult cancer patients often face.  These can include issues for families with children, financial concerns, lifestyle changes and the challenges of planning and scheduling treatments.  


Genevieve Sounia

Read more of Genevieve's story here.


Journaling – Many cancer patients find that keeping a journal is a way to get in touch with their thoughts, concerns and joys – and to share them with their loved ones.  The group meets in the library, a perfect setting for discussion and writing.  A supportive instructor will facilitate the discussion and encourage you to keep writing. 


Other Advocacy Groups

Bariatric Weight Loss - Free Weight-loss Surgery Information Sessions are held on the first Thursday and the third Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. in the Shadowlawn Room at Clara McLean House.  The sessions are designed to introduce prospective patients to the FirstHealth Bariatric Center at Moore Regional Hospital and to provide information about the weight-loss surgery options we offer.  Prospective patients must attend a free information session in order to schedule a consultation with Dr. Washington or Dr. Grantham.  Family members and/or other support persons are welcomed and encouraged to attend.  
Please wear shoes that can be taken on and off easily and arrive 20 to 30 minutes early so we can calculate your body mass index.  For more information or directions, call (800) 213-3284 or click here.


Parkinson’s Disease – An advocacy group is a way for people to help Parkinson's Disease patients cope with problems they all share. These groups offer social and emotional support to patients and their care partners, education and information from peers and professionals and a chance to be active for oneself and for others in the community. Members give and receive information and encouragement through the mail, phone calls, and group meetings.  For more information, call (910) 715-4230 or click here.



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