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    “Give it a Whirl” for Wellness meets variety of recovery needs
    A new support group for anyone coping with health and wellness challenges begins Feb. 16th through the collaboration of the Center for Family Life and Recovery and Rome Memorial Hospital’s Mohawk Valley Radiation Medicine.
    “Give it a Whirl” for Wellness is a creative way to socialize, help and be helped by others with similar conditions or circumstances.
    “Give it a Whirl” for Wellness is an opportunity for people learning to cope with health and wellness challenges, whether it is quitting smoking for good, overcoming illness or treatments, or facing life changes, to meet with others in similar situations. More than a support group, it gives Individuals, family and friends an opportunity to come together in a welcoming, comfortable, and inspiring way.
    The free meetings will be centered around a creative activity led by the Center for Family Life and Recovery Fridays at Mohawk Valley Radiation Medicine, 107 E. Chestnut St., Rome:
     Feb. 16, 2 p.m.: Learn to Paint
     Feb. 23, 6 p.m.: Paper Quilling
     ,Mar. 2, 2 p.m.: Story Writing and Telling
     Mar. 9, 6 p.m.: Cake Decorating
     Mar. 16, 2 p.m.: Charcoal Drawing
     Mar. 23, 6 p.m.: Jewelry Making
    The public is encouraged to attend any or all of the meetings. No registration is necessary. There is easy access and plenty of parking on the east side of the building.
    Life’s challenges can sometimes be overwhelming. When that happens, discovering a network of support, friendship and hope helps people learn how to cope. It can be helpful to meet and talk with people who know exactly what you are going through, because they have been there, too.
    “Groups like this one provide outlets for anyone in a period of recovery,” explained Kathy Peters, advocacy coordinator, Center for Family Life and Recovery. “Recovery can mean any time an individual or family member is learning to cope with an illness, dependency, or a life altering event. It is a time to reach out, encourage and support one another.”
    “This is a great opportunity to join others for an hour of creativity and fellowship where you just may find the support you need,” Kathy added.
    Benefits from participating in groups that offer support and a creative outlet may include:
    • Feeling less lonely or judged
    • Improving coping skills
    • Reducing stress or anxiety
    • Learning from others with similar experiences
    • Gaining a sense of control
    • Learning new ways to improve your health and wellness
    For more information, please call Kathy Peters, Advocacy Coordinator, Center for Family Life and Recovery at 315.768.2650.
    The Center for Family Life and Recovery provides health and hope for individuals and families through advocacy, prevention, counseling and training.