Lectures and Discussions

OVARIAN AND

GYNECOLOGIC CANCERS

Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. George Washington University Hospital, Lincoln Room (lower level), 900 23rd St. NW. The Ovarian and Gynecologic Cancer Coalition of Greater Washington is sponsoring a discussion about new treatment options for recurrent ovarian and other gynecologic cancers. A doctor from Johns Hopkins Hospital will speak. To register or learn more, call 202-332-3358.

Support Groups

AMPUTEES

Sept. 13, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Disability Resource Center, 409 Progress St., Fredericksburg. A peer-run support group, sponsored by the Fredericksburg Area Amputee Support Team, for amputees and their families and friends. The group meets the second Tuesday of every month. To learn more, call 540-898-5372 or 540-972-9087.

BEREAVEMENT

Hospice Caring Inc. sponsors peer support groups throughout Montgomery County for anyone dealing with miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death; suicide; adult child death; widows/widowers; the death of a significant other under the age of 50; anticipating the death of a loved one; and parent death. There are also groups for children and teenagers grieving the death of a loved one. Hospice Caring is also willing to create groups as needed. For locations and times, call 301-990-0854.

Sept. 22, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. The first meeting of a six-week long support group for widowed men and women of all ages, races and creeds to meet Thursdays. This program is led by trained volunteers from the Patuxent Widowed Persons Service and sponsored by AARP and local organizations. To register or learn more, call 301-441-8943 or 301-474-6892.

BREAST-FEEDING

Sept. 14, 10 a.m. Fairfax Christian Church, 10185 Main St., Fairfax. A support group, sponsored by La Leche League of Fairfax City for women who are nursing or pregnant. At this meeting, the topic will be: "The Advantages of Breastfeeding to Mother and Baby." Children welcome. To learn more, call 703-323-6683 or 703-280-0986; see http://www.fairfaxcitylll.org.

CANCER

Sept. 15, Noon to 2 p.m. Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax. A patient-run group for cancer patients. The group meets every Thursday. To learn more, call 301-610-9146 or see http://can-survive.net.

CLERGY ABUSE

Sept. 19, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Gaithersburg Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. A support group, sponsored by Voice of the Faithful and Survivor's Network of those Abused by Priests, for anyone abused by clergy or anyone affected by the abuse. To learn more, call 301-460-5588.

DIFFICULT CHILDREN

Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Bethesda United Methodist Church, Room 205, 8300 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. A group, sponsored by the nonprofit BILY (Because I Love You), for parents of adolescent and adult children who have challenging, destructive or difficult behavior. The group meets every Thursday. To learn more, call 301-530-3597 or see www.becauseiloveyou.org. A $1 charitable donation often given to meeting venues.

MENTAL ILLNESS

Sept. 15, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Our Lady Queen of Peace Church Ministry Center, 2700 S. 19th St., Arlington. A support group, sponsored by NAMI-Arlington for individuals who have a parent or sibling diagnosed with a mental illness such as depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or obsessive compulsive disorder. To learn more, call 703-892-2197.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS (MS)

Sept. 14, 7 p.m. Vienna Presbyterian Church Annex, 150 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. A support group, sponsored by the National Capital Chapter of the MS Society, for anyone with MS and their family and friends. The group meets the second Wednesday of every month. To learn more, call 703-768-4841.

MYASTHENIA GRAVIS

Sept. 17, 10 a.m. to noon, Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Rd., second floor conference room, Bethesda. A monthly support group, sponsored by the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation, for anyone with myasthenia gravis, a neuromuscular disease characterized by muscle weakness. Families and friends welcome. To learn more call 301-986-1020.

ORGAN TRANSPLANT

Sept. 15, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Howard University Hospital, 2041 Georgia Ave. NW, Fifth Floor, Room 5J17. A support group, sponsored by Howard University Hospital's Transplant Center, for pre- and post-transplant patients and their families and friends. The group meets every Thursday. To learn more, call 202-865-1443.

OSTOMY

Sept. 18, 2 p.m. Washington Hospital Center, 110 Irving St. NW, East Building, Room G-003, lot 7. (Free parking.) A support group, sponsored by the United Ostomy Association, Metropolitan Washington Chapter, for people with ostomies or people scheduled to get one. Family and friends are welcome. To learn more, call 301-630-9260.

PARKINSON'S DISEASE

Sept. 17, 1 p.m. St. Paul's Methodist Church, 10401 Armory Ave., Kensington (Mitchell Street entrance). A support group, sponsored by the Parkinsonian Society of Greater Washington/Kensington, for Parkinson's patients. At this meeting, a physical therapist will discuss maintaining and improving mobility. Family and friends welcome. To learn more, call 301-384-9670.

PULMONARY FIBROSIS

Sept. 17, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Inova Fairfax Hospital, Lung Transplant Center, conference rooms D,E and F, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. A group, sponsored by Inova Fairfax Hospital, for anyone with pulmonary fibrosis and their family and friends. To register or learn more, call 703-776-3203.

SELF-MUTILATORS

Sept. 14, 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., 6845 Elm St., Suite 710, McLean. A 12-step group, facilitated by a clinical psychologist, for women and girls who cut or mutilate their bodies. The group meets every Wednesday. To learn more, call 703-734-8383.

Special Events

SENIOR FITNESS

Sept. 24, 9:30 a.m. to noon, University of Maryland, Health & Human Performance Building, Valley Dr., Room 1312, College Park. An orientation, sponsored by the University of Maryland's, Adults Health & Development. The program pairs adults, ages 50 and older, interested in exercising, fun and learning about health, with Maryland students who serve as "friendly coaches." Sessions take place every Saturday morning from 9:30 a.m. to noon from Sept. 24 through Nov. 19. The program fee is $50, but no one is turned away. To learn more, call 301-405-2463.

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