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June 2, 1998 | MIMI KO CRUZ
Local mothers who want to be part of a support group are asked to attend a meeting Wednesday at Loma Norte Park. The MOMS Club is a national support organization for at-home mothers. There are 23 MOMS Club chapters in Orange County, and organizers said they will launch a La Habra chapter Wednesday. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m.; the park is at Palm Street and Brookdale Avenue. Information: (562) 691-2357.
March 28, 1994 | SHELBY GRAD
Dana Donnelly was 29 and working as a nurse three years ago when she was diagnosed with lupus, a little-known disease. "It was hard to cope with at first," said the Garden Grove resident, who has had inflamed lungs, memory loss and hip problems. "It was a loss. I was not the same person I was before. I couldn't do the same things." Donnelly said her situation has been eased by the Orange County Lupus Support Group, which will hold its next meeting April 20 at Anaheim Memorial Hospital.
January 26, 1995
The Mental Health Department of the local AIDS Service Center began offering support group therapy sessions Wednesday for HIV-positive teen-agers and young adults. The sessions are free and open to the public. The group will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the AIDS Service Center, 126 W. Del Mar Blvd.
September 17, 1995 | NICK GREEN
A support group for stroke victims and their care givers will hold its inaugural meeting Wednesday at the Camarillo Health Care District offices. "It's unique," district spokeswoman Katie Trainer said. "There are no stroke-support groups in the county, to my knowledge." Dr. Richard Loft will be guest speaker at the meeting, which runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at 3639 E. Las Posas Road, Suite 117.
September 14, 1997
Villa Montagna, a 10,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style home on three acres in the North Ranch area of Westlake Village, opens today as the 1997 design showcase house of the Wellness Community--Valley/Ventura, a cancer-patient support group. The estate, owned by Frank and Alisa Barbarino, was redesigned and decorated by a team of 42 interior and landscape designers. It will be open through Oct. 12. Tickets for the benefit tour are $18. For information, call (805) 777-1016.
November 15, 1994 | STEVE RYFLE
Organizers of a new Glendale support group for loved ones of those suffering from Alzheimer's disease are trying to ease the burden of the situation through sharing experiences. The Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group, which meets the first and third Thursdays of each month, is a forum for friends and relatives of Alzheimer's victims to talk about their troubles and feelings with others.
December 30, 1993 | MIMI KO
A program to help people cope with the loss of a loved one will begin next month. The Bereavement Support Group will meet on seven consecutive Tuesdays beginning Jan. 11 to discuss aspects of the grieving process. The public is encouraged join the program, which is being offered by Community Hospice Care. Topics to be discussed will include coping with depression and loneliness, positive transitions and life after the loss of a loved one, program officials said.
August 15, 1993 | MARY ANNE PEREZ
Behavioral Health Services, a drug recovery center with offices in Boyle Heights and Lincoln Heights, will offer a free support group for women diagnosed with HIV. Bilingual recovery counselor Mary Cisneros will lead the group starting Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m. at the East Los Angeles Family Recovery Center, 3421 E. Olympic Blvd. "This needs to be available because we see the numbers of HIV-positive women going up in this area," Cisneros said.
January 13, 1994
A new support group for HIV-positive heterosexuals recently started meeting on the Westside, at least the third such group known to have been formed in the last two years. Rico Porreca, a 50-year-old hemophiliac with AIDS, started the meetings in October at the Center for Living, a Fairfax District institute that helps people cope with terminal illnesses. "To have AIDS in a heterosexual community is tough because there is no sense of community," said Porreca, a Fairfax resident.
November 13, 1994
A Hollywood-based support organization for people with HIV or AIDS has received an award for strong community service. L.A. Shanti, a nonprofit organization, received $12,000 as the winner of the Don Perkins Community Service Award from the Los Angeles chapter of Public Relations Society of America. "This money is much needed and will make a big difference in helping us to spread the word about our high-quality, free programs," said Sue Crumpton, Shanti executive director.
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