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Support Groups

Inova's support groups are available at a variety of locations in Northern Virginia. Support groups are condition-related and are run individually by individuals or departments who are able to maintain them.

Since schedules and locations can change, please call or email the support group organizer before attending.


Alzheimer’s (caregivers)

Merrifield / Falls Church, VA
A group offering emotional support to family members and caregivers of patients with Alzheimer's.
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Breast cancer

Alexandria, Fairfax, Fair Oaks and Loudoun
A variety of breast cancer support groups, including "Survivors Offering Support" (SOS), a peer mentoring group led by survivors trained to provide knowledge, support and encouragement.
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Alexandria, Fairfax, Fair Oaks and Loudoun
Inova's Life with Cancer program offers seminars, support groups, individual and family counseling and nursing consultations, to provide assistance in times of crisis, and information about specific cancers.
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Fair Oaks and Fairfax locations
Emotional support is a vitally important part of diabetes management. Inova Diabetes Center sponsors free support groups and also provides information about other available resources.
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Inova Heart & Vascular Institute at Inova Fairfax Hospital
Support groups include: Mended Hearts (heart surgery); Tender Hearts (for parents of children with heart problems); cardiac discussion group; living with heart disease; Heart and Lung Transplant / VAD; and Artificial Heart support and education group.
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Various locations
Inova Juniper Program offers a number of HIV / AIDS support groups in Northern Virginia.
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New Moms

Various locations
Talk about the challenges and joys of being a new mother. Facilitated by an experienced maternal-infant health educator. There is also a support group for new mothers returning to work.
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Stroke survivors & caregivers

Alexandria, Fairfax, Fair Oaks, Loudoun and Mount Vernon
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Transplant (heart, lung, artificial heart)

Inova Fairfax Hospital
This group meets the first Tuesday of every month from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Inova Heart and Vascular Institute conference center on the ground floor. VAD (Ventricular Assist Device) patients to meet 1/2 hour longer. Call 703 776-3203 for more information.
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Trauma (Traumatic Brain / Spinal Cord Injury)

Inova Fairfax Hospital
The Trauma Survivor Network (formerly Rebuild) provides education and support groups for current and former trauma patients with pediatric or adult traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury.  There are also groups for family members, friends, and caregivers.
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