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AWAKE (Alert, Well, and Keeping Energetic)

The A.W.A.K.E. (Alert, Well, and Keeping Energetic) is a support group for people with sleeping disorders. The purpose of the group is to provide support and education to individuals and their families through education, lifestyle and therapy adjustments. Meetings are held once a quarter and alternate host cites between CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler and ETMC. For more information, please contact the Sleep Disorders Center at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler at (903) 593-8441.

Better Breather's Club (Chronic Lung Disease)

Wisenbaker Conference Center
CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler
800 E Dawson
Tyler, TX 75701

Better Breathers is a support group that meets on a monthly basis for patients with chronic respiratory disease, their family and friends. Each month a guest speaker speaks on different issues that impact the lives of respiratory patients dealing with chronic disease. Lunch is provided. Meetings take place at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Wisenbaker Conference Center from noon-2:00 on certain dates.

For more information please call Debbie Germany, RCP Coordinator of Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Phone: 903-531-4770 Fax: 903-525-1413

CAN-Survivors (Cancer Patients and their caregivers)

Texas Oncology - Tyler
NorthPark Medical Plaza
910 E Houston, Suite 245
Tyler, TX 75702

“CAN-SURVIVORS” is a support group for cancer patients and their caregivers. Please join us on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month from noon to 1:00 pm in the Conference room, Suite 245, 2nd floor, North Park Medical Plaza. Lunch is provided. For more information call Jill Dickerson, Nurse Manager Texas Oncology-Tyler at (903) 579-9800.

Crohn's & Colitis Support Group

Wisenbaker Conference Center
CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler

Machelle McDowell, Digestive Disease Center
Phone: 903-595-5101
Other contact: Shelly Coplan, DDC, 595-4739
National Crohn's and Colitis Assc: 1-800-343-3637.

Meets every third Tuesday of each month in the Azalea Room at Wisenbaker Conference Center at 7 pm.

Diabetes Support Group

The Diabetes Support Group provides an opportunity to gain valuable information from a variety of guest speakers focusing on ways to cope and self manage the chronic disease of diabetes.

Meeting times: 4th Thursday of every month from January to October, 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Meeting location: Diabetes Education Classroom at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Winnsboro

Everyone is welcome. For more information, please call (903) 342-4111.
Be encouraged - There is Life with Diabetes!

East Texas Amazing Little Hearts Support Group (Congenital Heart Disease Awareness)

Wisenbaker Conference Center
CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler

Terence or Laura Thedford
Phone: 903-570-6748
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Tyler Area Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, and Rheumatic Illness Support Group (Includes RA, Lupus, Scleroderma, etc.)

Date/Time: 2nd Tuesday of each month (except December). Registration at 1:15 p.m. Program from 1:30 until 3:15 p.m.

Where: First Presbyterian Church's Fellowship Hall, 230 Rusk and College Streets. The entrance to the Fellowship Hall is on College Street, behind the main church building.

Visitors are welcome. Please no perfume.

Note: Meeting announcements, including speakers and/or program topics, are in the Tyler Paper on Sunday before the meeting and also on the day of the meeting, as well as on radio and TV.

For more information call:
Billie Garmon - 903-534-0899
Linda Morse - 903-566-9481
Bonnie Scott - 903-534-0837

East Texas Macular Degeneration Support Group

ETMDSG was started in 1994 by Sandi Sanders Coates and her mother, Norma Jean Sanders, when they found that no one in the area could provide them with information about Macular Degeneration. The support group enabled them to meet others with MD as well as gain more information on the subject. Speakers include local doctors, assistive living experts, services for the blind, and more. The group meets four times a year from 10:30 am to noon on the first Saturday of the month in March, May, July and September at Rosewood Estates, 506 Rice Road, Tyler, Texas.

Contact: Sandi Sanders Coates (214) 542-0020



Liver Disease Support Group

Wisenbaker Conference Center
CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler

Machelle McDowell, Digestive Disease Center
Phone: 903-595-5101

Meets fourth Tuesday of every month at 7 pm in Azalea Room, located in Wisenbaker Conference Center.

Parkinsonians of East Texas

Wisenbaker Conference Center
CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler
Tyler, TX 75701

Free parking.

A support group for persons with Parkinsons Disease and their family members. The Wisenbaker Conference Center is located on the west side of CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler. To reach the Conference Center parking lot, turn off Beckham Avenue onto Dawson Street, then take the first entrance to your left. Parking is free. All programs 2pm. Rooms and dates vary. Please call for dates, or to add your name to the mailing list.

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