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Washington D.C. area Support Groups

Support Groups provide a forum to share feelings, concerns, information, and as well as a place to offer peer support and encouragement. Solicitations or research projects are not conducted at support group meetings.

Support groups often feature speakers specializing in scleroderma or related topics. To find out information about upcoming speakers or meeting topics, please contact the chapter office.

In the case of inclement weather, please email or call Carole Bernard at cbernard@scleroderma.org or 571-291-1480 to confirm cancellation. Before attending a group for the first time, please call to verify date and time. Groups are free of charge and open to everyone.

Upcoming SFGWDC Support Group Meetings

Below, please find a list of our upcoming meetings for the Maryland Support Group and the Northern Virginia Support Group.

Jan. 28, 2017 - 11:00 am - 1;00pm - NEW Virtual Support Group Meeting
Open Discussion & Idea Sharing
Call (646) 749-3122;  Access Code: 811-391-901 

March 4, 2017 - 11:00am-1:00pm - Northern Virginia Support Group Meeting
Wegmans Market Cafe
11620 Monument Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

(Go to the Market Cafe Entrance of the store, take the elevator to the 2nd floor cafe seating area, and look for the SFGWDC signs on a couple of tables. If you have any problems finding the group, please call Sharon Fine at 703-282-3016)

We will discuss a video from one of the presentations from the National Scleroderma Foundation's July 2016 Patient Education Conference: Posture Into Health, Breathe Into Life, presented by Tammy Gilbert, P.T., D.P.T., O.C.S. The video is 54 minutes. Click here to access the video. We ask that you watch the video prior to the meeting to allow for a great discussion at the meeting.

March 11, 2017 - 11:00am-1pm - Maryland Support Group Meeting
Chevy Chase Library
8005 Connecticut Ave.
Chevy Chase, MD

May 6, 2017 - 11:00am - 1pm - Maryland Support Group Discussion
Chevy Chase Library
8005 Connecticut Ave.
Chevy Chase, MD.

May 20, 2017 - 7th Annual Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma Greater Baltimore 5K/Walk
9am - Registration; 10:00am - Walk begins
Atholton High School
6520 Freetown Road
Columbia, MD

Please contact Carole Bernard at cbernard@scleroderma.org or 571-291-1480 to add your name to the SFGWDC Maryland and/or Northern Virginia Support Group mailing list.