This closed eight-week support group provides cancer patients and survivors with the opportunity to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of knitting while also learning and talking about cancer-related issues. No knitting experience is required. Participants will spend the first session learning to knit, and each session will focus on a different theme, such as treatment side effects, emotional side effects and relationships.
UK HealthCare physical therapist Beth Butcher and oncology nurse Reva Bruns, both avid knitters, will provide knitting instruction. Joan Scales, a UK Markey Cancer Center supervisor and licensed clinical social worker, will share an educational topic each week to start the conversation. All three facilitators have 20 or more years of experience working with oncology patients. Knit to Heal is designed to provide a comfortable environment where participants can share their feelings, knowledge and experiences while engaging in the creative process.
Meets: Second Thursdays of the month,1:30 – 3 p.m. and fourth Tuesdays of the month, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Combs Building, Room 308
Facilitators: Joan Scales, LCSW; Beth Butcher, PT, DPT, CLT-LANA; Reva Bruns
To register: Call 859-323-2798. (Pre-registration required).
An ongoing monthly support group for laryngectomy patients and their caregivers.
Second Tuesday of every month
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Dorothy Enslow Combs Cancer Research Facility
UK Markey Cancer Center
800 Rose St.
For those who can’t make it in person, participants are able to attend virtually via Zoom. Contact facilitator for more information.
The building is located directly behind the UK Markey Cancer Center on the Huguelet Drive side of UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital.
A small parking lot and drop-off circle for patients is located off Rose Street at Markey. Parking is free. Please call or email if you have questions.
Facilitator: Tiffani Hays, CSW
If you would like to join a support group but don't see one listed above for your cancer type, please reach out to our oncology social work team. They can help you find a support group in your area.
For more information, stop by the Support Services office on the third floor of the Combs Building during regular business hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can also reach our office by phone at 859-323-2798, or email at email@example.com.